The central focus
of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists is the Triple
Gem (also known as the Three Treasures, the Three Refuges,
and the Three Jewels):
Buddha (Enlightened One or Awakened
One) — Shakyamuni Buddha.
Dharma (or Dhamma) — the Buddha's
teachings. Dharmra as well refers to the eternal Truth
which the teachings convey to us. Dharma is threefold:
the Dharma we study, the Dharma we practice, and the
Dharma of realization.
Sangha — 'community' or 'assembly.'
In Buddhism sangha is both the community of disciples
(whether ordained or not) who have gained realization
of any of the stages of awakening as well as the community
of ordained disciples, bhikkhus (monks) and bhikkhunis
(nuns). Today sangha is also used to refer to a broader
community of practioners and students.
Taking refuge in the Triple Gem represents confirmation
of one's belief in Buddhist principles and one's dedication
to Buddhist practice.
Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha
Refuge in the Triple Gem
The Triple Gem
Ven. Ajahn Sumedho
Is The Triple Gem
Ajahn Lee Dhammadaro
Refuge in the Buddha
Meaning of Sangha
The Practice of Sangha
Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community, it’s a deep
Trail Head: The Triple Refuge and The Percepts
Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya