With deepest reverence and compassion, we are here together in the spirit of Gautama,
the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Life is One. We are one with the Buddha. We are
One with the Teaching. We are One in the spirit of Universal Brotherhood. We resolve
to be earnest students of the Buddha and to dedicate our lives to the Way he has
pointed out. Then, may we like him attain the noblest and most peaceful state of
Three Treasurers Reading
Leader: Hard is it to be born into human life. Now we are living it. Difficult
is it to hear the Teachings. Now we hear them. If we do not enlighten ourselves
in the present life, no hope is there that we shall be freed from suffering and
sorrow in the ocean of birth and death. Let us reverently take guidance from the
Three Treasures of the Truth.
Leader:Buddham Saranam Gacchami
All: I shall become one with the Buddha. I resolve that I shall each day
follow the Way of Life he laid down for us to walk and awaken to his supreme wisdom.
Leader: Dhammam Sarana Gacchami
All: I shall become one with the Dharma. The gates of Dharma are manifold;
I vow to enter them all. The goal of wisdom is ever beyond; I shall attain it.
Leader:Sangham Saranam Gacchami
All: I shall become one with the Sangha. In the spirit of universal brotherhood
and as a member of the Sangha, I pledge myself to strive for the enlightenment of
Incense Offering/Three Treasures Breathing Ti Sarana Ceremony Dharma Talk and Giving
of the Dharma Name* Presentation of Ti Sarana Certificate
Leader:We surround all people and all forms of life with love and compassion.
Particularly do we send forth loving thoughts to those in suffering and sorrow,
to all those in doubt and ignorance, and to all who are striving to attain truth;
we send forth oceans of Wisdom and Love.
All: May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us
that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; so shall we understand the
changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.
Leader:To all Enlightened Ones…
All: …who are present in their teachings, we pledge our loyalty and devotion.
We dedicate our lives to the way of life they have laid down for us to walk. We
resolve to follow their example and labor earnestly for the enlightenment and welfare
of all people.
*The participant will be given a Dharma Name by Rev. Koyo Kubose, who also will explain
the meaning of the name. This name will be written on the participant’s TiSarana