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The Three Jewels of Buddhism are:
Buddha is, of course, the Enlightened One who first showed others the path. Dharma is the collective term for the teachings of Buddhism. Sangha is the community of Buddhists around the world.
One becomes a Buddhist by taking refuge in the Three Jewels. This is normally done at a special ceremony at a Buddhist Temple, and that is the recommended path, but one can, if sincere, become a Buddhist at any time simply by reciting the following three times:
I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and of love.
I take refuge in the Sangha, the comunity that lives in harmony and awareness.
Buddha is the teacher showing the way,
the perfectly awakened one,
beautifully seated, peaceful and smiling,
the living source of understanding and compassion.
Dharma is the clear path
leading us out of ignorance
bringing us back
to an awakened life.
Sangha is the beautiful community
that practices joy,
bringing peace and happiness to life.
Dwelling inthe refuge of Buddha, I see clearly the path of light and beauty in the world.
Dwelling in the refuge of Dharma, I learn to open many doors on the path of transformation.
Dwelling in the refuge of Sangha, I am supported by it's shining light that keeps my practice free of obstacles.
Taking refuge in Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people recongnize their own awakened nature and realize the mind of love.
Taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people grasp the way of practice and walk together on path of liberation.
Taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I sapire to help all people build fourfold communities and encourage the transformation of all beings.
The Three Jewels of Buddhism Buddham Sharanam Gacchami Hymn
On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.