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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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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  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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