The triratna symbol represents the Triple Gem or Three Jewels of Buddhism, which are the three core values of:
- - Buddha
- Dharma (the teachings)
- Sangha (the monastic community)
The triratna symbol is a simple three-branched shape, like a rounded 'W.' It bears some resemblance to the trishula in Hinduism. The triratna appears in early Buddhist art in various contexts, but especially as one of the symbols on the Buddhapada, or footprint of the Buddha.
The triratna is often accompanied by lotus flowers symbolizing Enlightenment, and the dharmachakra (wheel), symbolizing the Buddha's teachings.
- - Three Jewels - Wikipedia
- Footprints of the Buddha - Mark Schumacher