The Four Elements Of Training
In Zen training we learn to recognize our Buddha nature and to allow it to manifest freely in everyday-life situations. The joy and happiness found within can naturally bring about an unconditional love for all life and inspire us to contribute to the welfare of others. In order to follow through on this grand vision, Buddhist practitioners take refuge in the Three Treasures — the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Most effective when addressed together, these Treasures are reliable buoys in the sea of confusion. They are intricately interwoven and can be appreciated on many different levels. Most obviously they stand for the face-to-face relationship between teacher and student (Buddha), the actual training that is required (Dharma), and a close association with other practitioners (Sangha).
At Zen River the Three Treasures are articulated in Four Elements of Training: