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 sanbou / sanpou / mitsukata
Sanbo Scroll

三方 is San Bo or Sanbo which literally means three sides but in Japanese, refers to a small offering stand.

It can also be the Japanese surname Mitsukata.

Three Treasures of Buddhism

The Triple Gem

 sān bǎo
 san bou
Three Treasures of Buddhism Scroll

三寶 is the title for “Three Precious Treasures of Buddhism” or “The Triple Gem.”

These three treasures are the Buddha 佛, the Dharma 法 (teachings or the law of the Buddha), and the Sangha 僧 (the community of monks or followers).

This term is used by most (perhaps not all) Buddhists in China, Japan, and South Korea (written the same in the original form but pronounced differently in each language). Non-Buddhists may just read this as “Three Treasures” without the religious context. For instance, there is also a “Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine” that is sometimes titled the same way.

In modern Japanese and Simplified Chinese, this is written 三宝 instead of 三寶.

Take Refuge in the Three Treasures

 nán mo sān bǎo
 na mu san bou
Take Refuge in the Three Treasures Scroll

南無三寶 means to take refuge in the three treasures (of Buddhism).

This starts with the phonetic “南無” or “Namo/Namu” trying to sound like the original Pali or Sanskrit, followed by “三寶” being more literally the three treasures.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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 sanbou; sanpou / sanbo; sanpo
    さんぼう; さんぽう

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Three Treasures of Buddhism
{Buddh} the Three Jewels; the Triple Gem; Triratna; the Three Treasures; Buddha, Dharma, Sangha; Buddha, the teachings of Buddha, and the community of monks and nuns; (surname) Sanpou



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sān bǎo
    san1 bao3
san pao
 sanbou / sanbo

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Three Treasures of Buddhism
the Three Precious Treasures of Buddhism, namely: the Buddha 佛, the Dharma 法 (his teaching), and the Sangha 僧 (his monastic order)
(surname) Sanbou
three treasures


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 sanbou(p); sanpou / sanbo(p); sanpo
    さんぼう(P); さんぽう

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(1) three sides; (2) small offering stand; (surname) Mitsukata



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nán wú sān bǎo
    nan2 wu2 san1 bao3
nan wu san pao
 namu sanbō

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Take Refuge in the Three Treasures
to take refuge in the three treasures



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guī yī sān bǎo
    gui1 yi1 san1 bao3
kuei i san pao
 kie sanbō

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Take Refuge in the Three Treasures
take refuge in the three treasures



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sān bǎo
    san1 bao3
san pao
Triratna, or Ratnatraya, i.e. the Three Precious Ones: 佛 Buddha, 法 Dharma, 儈 Saṅgha, i.e. Buddha, the Law, the Ecelesia or Order. Eitel suggests this trinity may be adapted from the Trimūrti, i.e, Brahma, Viṣṇu, and Sīva. The Triratna takes many forms, e.g. the Trikāya 三身 q.v. There is also the Nepalese idea of a triple existence of each Buddha as a Nirvāṇa-Buddha, Dhyāni-Buddha, and Mānuṣi-Buddha; also the Tantric trinity of Vairocana as Nirvāṇa-Buddha, Locana according to Eitel "existing in reflex in the world of forms", and the human Buddha, Śākyamuni. There are other elaborated details known as the four and the six kinds of triratna 四 and 六種三寳, e.g. that the Triratna exists in each member of the trinity. The term has also been applied to the 三仙 q.v. Popularly the 三寳 are referred to the three images in the main hall of monasteries. The centre one is Śākyamuni, on his left Bhaiṣajya 藥師 and on his right Amitābha. There are other explanations, e.g. in some temples Amitābha is in the centre, Avalokiteśvara on his left, and Mahāsthāmaprāpta or Mañjuśrī on his right. Table of Triratna, Trikāya, and Trailokya: — DHARMASAṄGHABUDDHAEssential BodhiReflected BodhiPractical BodhiDhyāni BuddhaDhyāni BodhisattvaMānuṣī BuddhaDharmakāyaSambhogakāyaNirmāṇakāyaPurityCompletenessTransformations4th Buddha-kṣetra3rd Buddha-kṣetra1st and 2nd Buddha kṣetraArūpadhātuRūpadhātuKāmadhātu.


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sān fǎ
    san1 fa3
san fa
The three dharma, i.e. 教法 the Buddha's teaching; 行法 the practice of it; 證法 realization or experiential proof of it in bodhi and nirvāṇa.


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(given name) Sanbo-n


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 sanbou / sanbo
(1) staff officer; military staff; (2) adviser; counselor; counsellor


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 sanbou / sanbo
(1) mountain cottage; mountain hut; (2) temple; (3) study; (personal) library



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shàn bàng
    shan4 bang4
shan pang
to badmouth


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(abbreviation) self-defence (defense) (type of wrestling) (rus: sambo)


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 sanbou / sanbo
(personal name) Sanbou



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sān bǎo zhǒng
    san1 bao3 zhong3
san pao chung
 sanbō shu
seeds of the three treasures



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sān bǎo zàng
    san1 bao3 zang4
san pao tsang
 sanbō zō
The tritratna as the treasury of all virtue and merit; also the tripiṭaka, sūtras 經 vinaya 律, abhidharma 論; also śrāvakas, pratyekabuddhas, and bodhisattvas.



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sān bǎo yuàn
    san1 bao3 yuan4
san pao yüan
 Sanbō in



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bàng sān bǎo
    bang4 san1 bao3
pang san pao
 hō sanbō
denigrating the three treasures



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yī tǐ sān bǎo
    yi1 ti3 san1 bao3
i t`i san pao
    i ti san pao
 ittai no sanbō
In the one body of the saṅgha is the whole triratna, Buddha, Dharma, and saṅgha. Also, Mind, Buddha, and the living, these three are without differentiation, 心佛與衆生是三無差別, i.e. are all one.



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sān bǎo gōng dé
    san1 bao3 gong1 de2
san pao kung te
 sanbō kudoku
merit of the three treasures



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sān bǎo sì chà
    san1 bao3 si4 cha4
san pao ssu ch`a
    san pao ssu cha
 sanbō jisetsu
temples of the three treasures



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sān bǎo huāng shén
    san1 bao3 huang1 shen2
san pao huang shen
 Sanbō Kōjin
wild deity of the three treasures



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sān fǎ wú chā
    san1 fa3 wu2 cha1
san fa wu ch`a
    san fa wu cha
 sanbō musha
idem 三無差別 q.v.



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huà xiàng sān bǎo
    hua4 xiang4 san1 bao3
hua hsiang san pao
 kesō sanbō
The nirmāṇakāya Buddha in the triratna forms; in Hīnayāna these are the human 16-foot Buddha, his dharma as revealed in the four axioms and twelve nidānas, and his sangha, or disciples, i. e. arhats and pratyekabuddhas.



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tóng tǐ sān bǎo
    tong2 ti3 san1 bao3
t`ung t`i san pao
    tung ti san pao
 dōtai sanbō
idem 一體三寳.



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guī mìng sān bǎo
    gui1 ming4 san1 bao3
kuei ming san pao
 kimyō sanbō
to commit oneself to the three treasures



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zì xìng sān bǎo
    zi4 xing4 san1 bao3
tzu hsing san pao
 jishō sanbō
The triratna, each with its own characteristic, Buddha being wisdom 覺; the Law correctness 正; and the Order purity 淨.



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zhì jìng sān bǎo
    zhi4 jing4 san1 bao3
chih ching san pao
 chikyō sanbō
making obeisance to the three treasures



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bàng sān bǎo jiè
    bang4 san1 bao3 jie4
pang san pao chieh
 hō sanbō kai
One of the commandments against speaking falsely of the Three Precious Ones.



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sān bǎo gǎn tōng lù
    san1 bao3 gan3 tong1 lu4
san pao kan t`ung lu
    san pao kan tung lu
 Sanbō kanzū roku
Sanbao gantong lu



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zhù bàng sān bǎo jiè
    zhu4 bang4 san1 bao3 jie4
chu pang san pao chieh
 johō sanbō kai
precept forbidding the denigrate of the three treasures

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Sanbo三方sanbou / sanpou / mitsukata
sanbo / sanpo / mitsukata
Three Treasures of Buddhism三寶
san bou / sanbou / san bosān bǎo / san1 bao3 / san bao / sanbaosan pao / sanpao
Take Refuge in the Three Treasures南無三寶
na mu san bou
na mu san bo
nán mo sān bǎo
nan2 mo san1 bao3
nan mo san bao
nan mo san pao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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