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Verses of True and Excellent Refuge

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Transcript of the chant:

(LEADER):

Handa mayaṃ khemākhema-saraṇa-gamana- paridīpikā-gāthāyo bhaṇāma se:

(ALL):

Bahuṃ ve saraṇaṃ yanti, pabbatāni vanāni ca,
Ārāma-rukkha-cetyāni, manussā bhaya-tajjitā.
  When danger threathens most people run away
   To sacred mountains and forests, temples and shrines

N’etaṃ kho saraṇaṃ khemaṃ, netaṃ saraṇam-uttamaṃ,
N’etaṃ saraṇam-āgamma, sabba-dukkhā pamuccati.
  Those are not happy refuges, they are not truly safe
  In depending on them here is no escape from suffering

Yo ca buddhañca dhammañca, saṅghañca saraṇaṃ gato,
Cāttāri ariya-saccāni, sammappaññāya passati:
  Those who go to refuge in Buddha-Dhamma-Sangha
  Through Right Wisdom realize The Four Noble Truths

Dukkhaṃ dukkha-samuppādaṃ, dukkhassa ca atikkamaṃ,
Ariyañc’aṭṭhaṅgikaṃ maggaṃ, dukkhūpasama-gāminaṃ.
  They see suffering, its arising, the escape there from
   And the Noble Eightfold Path to Perfect Peace

Etaṃ kho saraṇaṃ khemaṃ, etaṃ saraṇam-uttamaṃ,
Etaṃ saraṇam-āgamma, sabba-dukkhā pamuccati.
   This refuge is truly excellent and secure
    Wise reliance upon it releases us from all suffering.