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The three treasures and two promises

This is a version of Buddhist vows created by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. I really like this version. It’s described in a way that anyone could easily understand.

 

The Three Treasures
I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love
I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness

 

The Two Promises

I vow to develop my compassion in order to protect the lives of people, animals, and plants.
I vow to develop understanding in order to live peaceably with people, animals, and plants.

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Daniel is a Zen Teacher in Kansas City. He leads Fountain City Zen, a floating meditation community. Daniel is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind.

One thought on “The three treasures and two promises

  1. Reblogged this on Sally Ember, Ed.D. and commented:
    The Three Treasures
    I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
    I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love
    I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness

    The Two Promises

    I vow to develop my compassion in order to protect the lives of people, animals, and plants.
    I vow to develop understanding in order to live peaceably with people, animals, and plants.

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