The First Jewel / by Tom Maloney

The Three Jewels is a triplet of concepts and ideas that provide refuge for all those who travel the path of self realization. The first of The Three Jewels is the Buddha.  Does this mean that all who seek should deify the man known as the Buddha? No, simply revering a man who attained truth will be of little benefit.  The word Buddha simply means “Enlightened One,” and there have been many of them.  Seekers can instead take comfort in the fact that there have in fact been individuals who used their time in a precious human body to liberate from the wheel of Samsaric suffering and succeeded.  The The seeds of Buddha nature are in every sentient creature, simply waiting to be watered.