Genuine Devotion is a pleasing Delight
Buddha's descent in
Homage to that Perfectly Self-Enlightened One!
Thus, indeed, is that Blessed One: He is Worthy, fully enlightened, endowed with clear
vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the knower of worlds, the incomparable leader of
men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, awakened and blessed...
Forever do I reverence for the Buddhas of the past, those of the times to come, those
Buddhas of the present aeon. No other refuge do I seek: The Buddha is my only refuge.
By this Truth may peaceful victory be mine! I revere
with my head the dust on his
If I have wronged the Buddha, may the Buddha bear with me and
forgive me. Until this
life's end, to the Buddha I go for refuge. Who is the foremost speaker among mankind,
The Sakyan Sage, a Holy One, whose task is done, gone beyond, possessed of supreme
power and energy! Only to you, the well-come and well-gone One, I go for
that perfectly formulated Dhamma!
The Dhamma of this Blessed One is perfectly explained, to be seen here and now, inviting
anyone to come & see for themselves, leading onward to
Nibbāna; to be
known by any wise
each for himself. Homage to that Dhamma leading out of
all this suffering, out of Samsara!
To the Dhamma of the past ages, the Dhamma of the times to come,
and the Dhamma of this
present time, forever do I reverence. No other refuge do I seek, this Dhamma is my refuge.
Truth: May peaceful victory be mine! I revere with my head this triple Dhamma of
three supreme qualities: Morality, Concentration and Understanding... If I have wronged the
Dhamma: May the Dhamma bear with me,
and forgive me. Until life's end to the Dhamma I go
for refuge. Freed from lust, cleared of craving, sorrow-free: An absolute Law,
gratifying, satisfying, sweet, potent, profound, an
exact, complete, and analytic science...
To this very Dhamma I go for
that Great Sangha Community of the Eight Noble persons.
The Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples has entered on the good way;
the straight way;
the true way; on the direct way, that is to say:
the 4 pairs
of men, the
types of persons.
This Sangha of the Blessed One's Noble disciples is fit
for gifts, suitable for hospitality,
appropriate for offerings,
and worthy of
reverential salutation with joined palms, as an
incomparable field of merit in this
world. Forever do I reverence for: The Sanghas of the
past ages, those of the times to come, and all of the
Noble Sanghas of the present time.
No other refuge do I seek. This Sangha is my true refuge. By this very Truth: May peaceful
victory be mine! I revere with my head this peerless Noble Sangha. If I
in any way have
this Sangha: May the Sangha bear with me. Until life's end, to the Sangha I
refuge. Whatever is given to these 4 pure pairs of Noble persons, and these eight kind of
Noble beings, who have indeed realized the
True Dhamma, such gift invokes immense fruit!
To this very Noble Sangha only, I go for
How to become a real
Buddhist formally? Take refuge
More on Faith
(Saddhā) and Devotion (Bhakti):
The Buddha on Faith,
Analysis of Faith,
Power of Faith,
Going Forth Faith,
Source: BPS Wheel no 54 (Edited
The Mirror of the Dhamma. A Manual of
By Nārada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa. Revised By