Homage to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha

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Homage to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha:

Many Buddhists recite the homage to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, daily or on Uposatha Days, in addition to renewing the 5 precepts or taking the Triple Refuge.

Homage to the Buddha

  • Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa
  • Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa
  • Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa
  • Homage to the Blissful One, the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One.
  • Homage to the Blissful One, the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One.
  • Homage to the Blissful One, the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One.

Iti pi so bhagava araham sammasambuddho vijjacaranasampanno sugato lokavidu anuttaro purisadammasarathi satta devamannussanam buddho bhagava ti.

Such indeed is the Blessed One:

  • "Araham" eradicated greed, hatred, delusion, craving, and is free of all taints.
  • "Sammasambuddho" Understood the Four Noble Truths, the reality of life, without anyone’s help.
  • "Vijjacaranasampanno" - Perfect in True Knowledge and Conduct. Buddha acquired 3 kinds of knowledge: understood His past lives; understood the passing away and arising of other beings; understood the nature and the path to eradicate taints.
  • "Sugato" Found and followed the Right Noble Eightfold Path (the Path leading to the cessation of Dukka).
  • "Lokavidu" Understood the presence and origin of all the worlds (hell, ghost, animal, human, heavenly, and the pure abodes).
  • "Anuttaro purisadammasarathi" Incomparable Leader of those to be tamed.
  • "Satta devamannussanam" Teacher of gods and humans.
  • "Buddho" Understood the Four Noble Truths without assistance and was able to teach Dhamma to others, without holding anything back.
  • "Bhagava" Only a Buddha, the Supreme Teacher holds these great, extra-ordinary qualities.

Homage to the Dhamma

Svakkhato Bhagavata dhammo sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccattam vedittabbo vinnuhiti.

"Svakkhato" The Dhamma taught by the Blessed One is Excellent in the beginning, Excellent in the middle and Excellent in the end - all of Buddha's Discourses are consistent and teach the same truth. "Sanditthika" Dhamma is self-evident and can be understood in this life itself. "Akaliko" Dhamma, Noble Truths, can not be changed nor can they be altered over time. "Ehipassiko" "come and see"; Buddha's Dhamma is to be investigated. "Opanayika" Dhamma can only be understood by oneself. "Paccattam vedittabbo vinnuhiti" Dhamma is for the wise to understand and realize.

Homage to the Sangha

Supatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho. Ujupatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho. Nayapatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho. Samicipatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho. Yadidam cattari purisayugani attha purisapuggala esa Bhagavato savakasangho. Ahuneyyo pahuneyyo dakkhineyyo anjalikaraniyo anuttaram punnakkhettam lokassa ti.

"Supatipanno" The Order of the Blessed One are training to rid themselves of greed, hatred and delusion. "Ujupatipanno" They follow the direct, Noble Eightfold Path. "Nayapatipanno" The Noble Order understands the First Noble Truth and are practising to eradicate suffering "Samicipatipanno" The Orders spreads the message of Dhamma by sharing what the Buddha taught.

In Buddha’s Order are the 8 kinds of individuals: the one striving to Enter the Stream of the Noble Path, the one who has entered the Stream; the one striving to attain the position of Once-Returner, the Once-Returner; the one striving to reach the Non- returner position, the Non-Returner; the one striving for Arahantship and the Arahant. A field of merit is the supreme Sangha, worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of respect and worship.

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