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The Three Jewels - also known as the Triple Gem, the Three Treasures, or the Three Refuges - are the three things from which Buddhists seek guidance: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Depending on the particular school of Buddhism, Buddha can refer to the specific Buddha Siddhartha Gautama or to the universal Buddha nature that potentially exists in all beings. Dharma refers to the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Sangha refers to the community of enlightened or partially enlightened beings, and more broadly to all Buddhist practitioners. A person becomes a Buddhist by “taking refuge” in the Three Jewels, a step typically facilitated by a religious ceremony.