Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation
At the heart of Buddhist practice is “Taking Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha” — the Three Jewels.
More than anything else, Refuge distinguishes our meditation as “Buddhist.” The main refuge from fear, from anger, from the Three Poisons, is the Three Jewels. We can speak of many meditations to overcome the obstacles to realizations and Enlightenment, but the most important first step is Refuge in the Three Gems.
All Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practices begin with Refuge. Chant along with the magnificent voice of Yoko Dharma as she sings the refuge in Tibetan (words prompted on screen with English translation) — including the Bodhisattva aspiration. Then, enhance the Mahayana perfection by chanting the Four Immeasurables — wishing immeasurable happiness to all sentient beings in the Universe, with a second chant.
Play here [lyrics in the video — and also below video in this feature]:
Contents of Feature (click to navigate)
English: I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Supreme Sangha
English: Until I attain Enlightenment
English: By the merit I accumulate from practising generosity and other perfections
English: May I attain Enlightenment in order to benefit all living beings
English: I prostrate to the Guru (teacher)
May all beings have happiness and its causes
English: I prostrate to the Buddha
May all beings be freed from suffering and all its causes
English: I prostrate to the Dharma (the teachings)
May all beings constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow
English: I prostrate to the sangha (community of Dharma practitioners)
May all beings dwell in equal love for those both close and distant.
We previously interviewed Yoko Dharma regarding a recording project:
From her website:
Buddhist Practices | Mahayana | Mantra | Vajrayana | Video
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