A06/88 Kie-sanbo



Taking Refuge in the Three Treasures

Ki-e means “devotion to” or “taking refuge in” and sanbo means “the Three Treasures”: Buddha, Dharma, and Samgha. Buddha means Gautama Buddha and other people who have attained the same state as Gautama Buddha. Dharma means reality. Samgha means the Buddhist community of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen. The Three Treasures are of supreme value in Buddhism and Master Dogen emphasized the importance of devoting ourselves to the Three Treasures, because devotion to the Three Treasures is the beginning and end of Buddhism.