Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The actual Refuge prayer to Lord Buddha

(Buddha. Image courtesy: Himalayan Art.com)

Three Jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha and by reaching or by surrendering oneself to these three heals one from all sufferings and that journey starts with taking refuge in Buddha Dhamma Sangha.

The actual Refuge prayer to Lord Buddha 

The Refuge Prayer
བྷུ་དྷམ།  ས་ར་ནམ།  གྷ་ཅཱ་མི།
Buddham Saranam Gachami
I go to the Buddha for refuge

དྷར་མམ།  ས་ར་ནམ།  གྷ་ཅཱ་མི།
Dharmam  Saranam Gachami
I go to the Dhamma for refuge

སང་གྷམ།  ས་ར་ནམ།  གྷ་ཅཱ་མི།
Sangham  Saranam Gachami
I go to the Sangha for refuge

This is the most common refuge prayer in Sanskrit widely recited by the Indian Buddhist. 

We do hear this prayer in all Buddhist monasteries in India including at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. Unfortunately, we Bhutanese and Tibetan doesn't take this refugee prayer seriously which I feel is a great mistake. As this prayer was from the Buddha's era where his disciples recite daily, we all should recite the same in its format at least once a day.

Meaning of Refuge Prayer

These words are not just for uttering, but for investigating, to go deep into their meaning. To meditate upon. 

·      Buddha means the one who takes us from Darkness to Light, towards wisdom. Towards higher consciousness towards mindfuless.  

·      Dhamma is ‘Here – and – Now’, It is not taking refuge into some intellectual writings or anything but something we can access here and now. 

·      Sangha Means community, community where people support, help each other in the meditation practice. It is very important to have a community, so that when you are feeling down, when you are not feeling your 100%, or when you are stuck somewhere, the Community is there to Help you, to pull you up.

To know that there is some bigger, higher force or energy that is in play, and we all have access to that energy. And how can we access that force that energy? By surrendering, by taking refuge into that higher self, by becoming one with that, by becoming part of that force, that energy. 

Three Jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha and by reaching or by surrendering oneself to these three heals one from all sufferings and that journey starts with taking refuge in Buddha Dhamma Sangha.  This Refugee is also called three gem of Buddhism.

Benefits of Chanting Mantra
1.   Awakening the mind
2.   Freedom from Suffering
3.   Direct Connection with divine forces
4.   Remains in the present
5.   Helps to surrender before God and go to the higher self
6.   This mantra helps in meditation practice

May Buddha Bliss you for chanting this daily.




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