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three kayas

trikaya (Skt); ku sum (Tib); sku gsum (Wyl)

The classification of a buddha's body into three: the dharmakaya (truth body), sambhogakaya (enjoyment body) and nirmanakaya (emanation body). These three bodies are manifestations of the enlightened mind. See also two kayas and four kayas.