The Three Jewels, also known as the Triple Gem, Three Refuges, or Three Treasures, are the primary statement of faith in Buddhism. To believe in and recite the Three Jewels is to become a Buddhist.
The Three Jewels or Refuges are:
- I take refuge in the Buddha.
- I take refuge in the Dharma (truth or teachings).
- I take refuge in the Sangha (monastic community).
An alternative English form is:
- To the Buddha for refuge I go.
- To the Dharma for refuge I go.
- To the Sangha for refuge I go.
The Three Jewels in Sanskrit:
बुद्धं शरणं गच्छामि।
धर्मं शरणं गच्छामि।
संघं शरणं गच्छामि।
The Three Jewels in Pali:
बुद्धं सरणं गच्छामि।
ធម្មំ សរណំ គច្ឆាមិ ។
សង្ឃំ សរណំ គច្ឆាមិ ។
- Dhammika, Ven. S.. “What are the Three Refuges?.” Buddhanet. Web. Accessed 16 Nov. 2016.