About the Refuge Chant

The refuge chant is a simple devotional practice that is traditionally performed at the beginning of a retreat or formal practice. The chant is recited in Pali, the language of the oldest extant Buddhist scriptures, and expresses an intention to "take refuge" in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (referred to collectively as the "Triple Gem"). 

The chant can be understood as an expression of gratitude for those who have helped us along the path as well as for our own potential to awaken. More broadly, the chant expresses an intention to be present (Buddha) to our experience as it unfolds moment by moment (Dhamma) with an attitude of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others (Sangha). 

We recite the refuge chant at 7:15 pm, when we invite the everyone to practice together in the main hall. Reciting the refuge chant is optional. Feel free to simply listen and read along from the handouts provided in the foyer.

Taking the Three Refuges (Pali)

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa.

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa.

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa.

Buddham saranam gacchami.

Dhammam saranam gacchami.

Sangham saranam gacchami.

Dutiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami.

Dutiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami.

Dutiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami. 

Tatiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami.

Tatiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami.

Tatiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami. 

NOTE: The ending "-am" is pronounced "-ang" in this chant.

Taking the Three Refuges (English)

Homage to the Blessed, Noble, and Perfectly Enlightened One.

Homage to the Blessed, Noble, and Perfectly Enlightened One.

Homage to the Blessed, Noble, and Perfectly Enlightened One.

To the Buddha I go for refuge.

To the Dhamma I go for refuge.

To the Sangha I go for refuge.

For the second time, to the Buddha I go for refuge.

For the second time, to the Dhamma I go for refuge.

For the second time, to the Sangha I go for refuge.

For the third time, to the Buddha I go for refuge.

For the third time, to the Dhamma I go for refuge.

For the third time, to the Sangha I go for refuge.