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Three jewels

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Three jewels

(skt.: triratna; tib.: kon chog sum) Sometimes also translated as triple gem. The object of refuge for a Buddhist. They are so named because they are supremely valuable and rarley found. Each of the jewels has apparent and ultimate level.

The Three Jewels are:
- Buddha: ultimate level refers to Buddhas mind, Dharmakaya; apparent level refers to Buddhas body, Rupakaya.
- Dharma: ultimate level refers to true pathways (realizations) which lead you out of suffering or true stoppings of negative qualities of the mind; apparent level refers to the teachings proclaimed by a Buddhas elightening speech.
- Sangha: ultimate level refers true stoppings and true pathways of mind on the mental continuum of an arya; apparent level refers to highly realized being who has beheld reality. Apparent Sangha Jewel is often symbolically represented by a group of at least four ordinary ordained persons.

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"You don't need to obsess over the attainment of future realizations. As long as you act in the present with as much understanding as you possibly can, you'll realize everlasting peace in no time at all."
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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