BUDDHISM

 

BUDDHIST HYMNS AND PRAYERS

Confession
All the evil karma ever committed by me since of old,
On account of greed, anger, and folly, which have no beginning,
Born of my body, mouth, and thought --
I now make full open confession of it. 

The Threefold Refuge

I take refuge in the Buddha;
I take refuge in the Dharma;
I take refuge in the Sangha. I take refuge in the Buddha, the incomparably honoured one;
I take refuge in the Dharma, honourable for its purity;
I take refuge in the Sangha, honourable for its harmonious life. I have finished taking refuge in the Buddha;
I have finished taking refuge in the Dharma;
I have finished taking refuge in the Sangha.

The Four Great Vows
However innumerable beings are, I vow to save them;
However inexhaustible the passions are, I vow to extinguish them;
However immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to master them;
However incomparable the Buddha-truth is, I vow to attain it. 
 
Mahamangala Sutta

Many deities and humans,
yearning after good,
have pondered on Blessings.
Pray, tell me the Supreme Blessings.
Not to follow or associate with the foolish,
to associate with the wise,
and honor those who are worthy of honor.
This is the Supreme Blessing.
To reside in a suitable locality,
to have done meritorious actions in the past, 
and to have set oneself on the right course 
This is the Supreme Blessing.
Vast-learning, perfect handicraft,
a highly trained discipline
and pleasant speech.
This is the Supreme Blessing.
The support of mother and father,
the cherishing of spouse and children
and peaceful occupations.
This is the Supreme Blessings
The support of mother and father,

the cherishing of spouse and children
and peaceful occupations.
This is the Supreme Blessings
To cease and abstain from evil,
forbearance with respect to intoxicants
and steadfastness in virtue.
This is the Supreme Blessing.
Patience, obedience,
sight of the holy ones
and religious discussions at due season. 
This is the Supreme Blessing.

Self-control, pure life,
perception of the Noble Truths
and the realization of Nibbana.
This is the Supreme Blessing.

He whose mind does not flutter,
by contact with worldly contingencies,
sorrowless, stainless and secure.
This is the Supreme Blessing.
He whose mind does not flutter,
by contact with worldly contingencies,
sorrowless, stainless and secure.
This is the Supreme Blessing.