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Triratna

(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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"Like me, the countless living beings have been wandering in cyclic existence. Many times they have been a parent to me and shone radiant kindness upon me. How unworthy not to respond to their sorrow. For the sake of all living beings we must strive in the practices bringing Enlightenment."
- 1st Dalai Lama

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