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The Buddha is a guide whose motivation for teaching is his great compassion. Coupled with wisdom, this compassion arose at the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment.
The Buddha has removed all obstructions and arrived at peace. Salvation for his followers must come from their own effort; he can only show the way.
He sees others as himself, Buddhas, but lacking realization, others do not see the treasure within themselves.
He reveals a path that will lead them to discover it; this path is known as the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha. Those who follow his teachings and gather together for discussion and practice are the Sangha. Together, the the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, are known as the Three Jewels.