note bene: for all you Buddhists please remember this is a metaphor - stretched thin perhaps but still - be compassionate.
Here is what the site for my teacher, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, says about the three jewels:
The Three Jewels
According to Buddhism, the nature of enlightenment is inherent in all sentient life. The purpose of the Buddhist path is to penetrate the confusion that leads to the painful cycle of suffering (samsara) and thereby to uncover mind's inherent wakefulness (nirvana). This is known as attaining enlightenment, or Buddhahood. The teaching of a Buddha is called the Dharma, which means the Law or the Truth, and shows the way to relative happiness and ultimate enlightenment. The Dharma is taught in many ways, according to needs of the particular students. Unbroken successions of great beings have followed the Buddha's teachings and example and continue to teach the path of enlightenment to others. Those who practice the teachings are called the Sangha. These three aspects, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, represent the core values of Buddhism and are known as the Three Jewels.
The Dharma - like becoming a Buddhist part of the learning is done by hearing about the words of others who have trod this path but the main teaching is done by doing the practice ourselves. We sit down by our selves and work with our minds to create poems. The more we do this the more raw and real it seems the poems get. All good.
The Sangha - we are a sangha of about nineteen - women and men, young and old. We are committed to practicing poetry and to encouraging each other in that practice.We workshop poems almost every week and I get almost unbearably excited about what I'm going to hear and what is going to be shared. When people practice together in this way, magic happens.
So... yay for hearts that know more than minds! What does your heart tell you lately?