Gems, the Three Sacred
Gems, The Three Sacred among the Buddhists, are Buddha, the sacred books; and the priesthood. Their worship is universal among the Buddhists, and. they constitute the sacred triad in which these people place all their trust. The assistance they derive from. the triad is called sarana (protection), which "is said to destroy the fear of reproduction, or successive existence, and to take away the fear of the mind, the pain to which the body is subject, and he misery off the four hells." "By reflecting on the three gems, scepticism, doubt, and reasoning will be driven away, and the mind become clear and calm. See Hardy, Eastern Monachism, pages 166, 209.