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Refuge Ceremony and Prayers

Sample Refuge Prayers

Refuge as practiced
in all traditions of Buddhism

I take refuge in the Buddha.
I take refuge in the Dharma.
I take refuge in the Sangha.

Refuge as often practiced
in the Tibetan tradition

I take refuge in the guru.
I take refuge in the Buddha.
I take refuge in the Dharma.
I take refuge in the Sangha.

Refuge in the Three Jewels and the Three Roots
I take refuge in all the glorious holy gurus.
I take refuge in all the yidams and the assembly of deities in their mandalas.
I take refuge in all the Buddhas, the fully awakened.
I take refuge in all the holy Dharma.
I take refuge in all the noble Sangha.
I take refuge in all who possess the eye of pristine awareness,
     the assembly of dakas, dakinis, protectors and guardians of the Dharma.

Refuge prayer composed by Atisha
and used in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism

Until I awaken, I take refuge in
The Buddha, Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly.
Through the goodness of generosity and other virtues
May I awaken fully in order to help all beings.

Refuge prayer from the Mahamudra tradition
I take refuge in the guru, precious buddha.
I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
I take refuge in the guru, yidams and assemby of dakinis and protectors.
I take refuge in mind itself, empty, luminous pure being.

Refuge prayer from the Dzogchen tradition
Until I awaken, I take refuge
In the Three Jewels, and the Three Roots,
In awakening mind as paths, energy, and essences, and
In the nature of mind, essence, nature, and compassion.

 

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