Panchasheel Gatha – The Prayer


Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasam Buddhasa


Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasam Buddhasa

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasam Buddhasa

Namo (I rever)
Tassa (You) Bhagvato (the Ochre Robed, living with perfect morality),
Arathato (having attained Nirvana) Sammasam Buddhasa  (the perfected Buddha)


I pay respect to you, the Noble One, the enlightened One, the Perfected Buddha

Buddham saranam gacchami 

I take refuge, seek protection, in the Buddha, knowing clearly his qualities of compassion, understanding and his ability to provide the right guidance.

Dhammam Saranam Gacchami

I take refuge, seek protection, in the Dhamma – the Buddha’s teachings knowing clearly that it provides the right guidance.

Sangham Saranam Gacchami

I take refuge, seek protection, in the Sangha – the people and the monks, who have followed the Dhamma and benefitted and their ability to guide me on the right path.

Panatipata veramani sikhha padam samadhiyami

I refrain from taking life and harming living beings.

Addinadana veramani sikhha padam samadhiyami

I refrain from stealing and taking what is not given.

Kamesumicchachara veramani sikhha padam samadhiyami

I refrain from indulging in sexual misconduct.

Musavada veramani sikhha padam samadhiyami

I will refrain from false speech – telling lies, talking ill of others, talking unnecessarily

Surameraya majja pamadathana veramani sikhha padam samadhiyami

I refrain from taking intoxicants that reduce normal functioning of mind.

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