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 and Ch'an Adept living in Kansas City. He regularly gives teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows and was transmitted the Caodong Ch'an lineage of Master Hsu Yun.

1 Response

  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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