Three Refuges and Eight Precepts

This is one example of the formal ceremony for requesting the Three Refuges and Eight Precepts, as is done every Uposatha observance.  A representative of the gathered community will make the Request of the ceremeony leader, who may be a monastic or respected lay practitioner.  The Leader will then guide the community through the ceremony through call and response.

Aṭṭhaṅga‧Sīla‧Yācanā (Request)

Community Representative: Okāsa mayaṃ Bhante* tisaraṇena saha aṭṭha‧sīlāni yācāma

Dutiyam pi okāsa … (repeat above)

Tatiyam pi okāsa … (repeat above)

Tisaraṇa (Refuges)

Leader: Yam ahaṃ vadāmi taṃ vadetha.**( Singular: vadesi)

Community: Āma Bhante*

Leader: Namo tassa Bhagavato arahato sammā‧sambuddhassa.

(Leader says once alone, Community repeats 3 times)

Leader, followed by Community:

Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyam pi Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyam pi Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyam pi Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyam pi Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyam pi Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyam pi Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.4

Leader: Tisaraṇa‧gamanaṃ sampuṇṇaṃ.

Community: Āma Bhante*

* Chant Bhante for a Bhikkhu, Ayye from a Bhikkhuni, Mitte (friend) for a layperson.

 

Aṭṭhaṅga‧Sīla (Eight Precepts)

Leader, then repeated by Community:

1. Pāṇātipātā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

2. Adinnādānā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

3. Abrahmacariyā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

4. Musā vādā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

5. Surā ‧ meraya ‧ majja ‧ pamādaṭṭhānā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

6. Vikāla bhojanā ‧ veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

7. Nacca ‧ gīta ‧ vādita ‧ visūka dassana ‧ mālā ‧ gandha ‧ vilepana‧

dhāraṇa ‧ maṇḍana ‧ vibhūsanaṭṭhānā ‧ veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

8. Uccā sayana ‧ mahā sayanā ‧ veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

Leader:

Imāni aṭṭha sikkhāpadāni samādiyāmi.

Sīlena sugatiṃ yanti,

Sīlena bhoga‧sampadā,

Sīlena nibbutiṃ yanti,

Tasmā sīlaṃ visodhaye.

Community: Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

 

Requesting a Dhamma Talk

(After bowing three times, with hands joined in añjali, recite the following:)

Brahmā ca lokādhipati Sahampati

Katañjali andhivaraṃ ayācatha

Santīdha sattāpparajakkha-jātikā

Desetu dhammaṃ anukampimaṃ pajaṃ

The Brahma Sahampati, Lord of the World,

With hands palm to palm before his heart, requested a blessing:

“There are beings here with only a little dust in their eyes.

Please, out of compassion, teach the dhamma.”

 

(English) Request for the Three Refuges & Eight Precepts 

Community: Permit us, Bhante*,  to ask for the three refuges together with the Eight precepts.

A second time permit us … (repeat above)

A third time permit us … (repeat above)

The Three Refuges

Leader: Repeat after me.

Community: Yes, Bhante*

Leader/Community: Homage to the Sublime One, the Worthy One, the Fully  Enlightened One. (Monk says once alone, Laity repeats 3 times)

Leader: followed by Community:

I go to the Buddha for refuge.

I go to the Dhamma for refuge.

I go to the Sangha for refuge.

A second time I go to the Buddha for refuge.

A second time I go to the Dhamma for refuge.

A second time I go to the Sangha for refuge.

A third time I go to the Buddha for refuge.

A third time I go to the Dhamma for refuge.

A third time I go to the Sangha for refuge.

Leader: The three refuges are complete.

Community: Yes, Bhante*

 

The Eight Precepts 

Leader, then repeated by Community:

1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.

2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.

3. I undertake the training rule to abstain from all sexual activity. 4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.

5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from intoxicating drinks and   drugs causing heedlessness.

6. I undertake the training rule to abstain from eating at improper times.

7. I undertake the training rule to abstain from dancing, singing, music, shows, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and

beautifying with cosmetics.

8. I undertake the training rule to abstain from the use of high and large seats and beds.

Leader/ Community: I undertake this set of eight precepts.   (Monastic says once, Laity repeats 3 times)

Community: Yes, Bhante/Ayya.

Leader: With morality, good rebirth is gained;

With morality, wealth is achieved;

With morality, perfect peace is attained.

Therefore, morality should be purified.

Community: Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

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