While we usually associate the term ‘Buddha’ with a person, on a deeper level it is the awakened consciousness, or ‘buddha nature’, operating through the person.
The Buddha taught that we are all potential buddhas, we just need to realize it.
To aid sentient beings in this realization, the Buddha taught the dharma. The heart essence of these teachings is known as ‘primordial wisdom’, or that which is eternally true. These Teachings are not limited to ‘buddhism’, they are the universal truths.
The Buddha encouraged seekers to practice these living truths in community, or a sangha. As an amplifier of energy, the sangha can accelerate our evolution and help us when we lose our way.
These jewels are of immeasurable value, with the power to bring forth our buddha nature to be lived and expressed in community.