Refuge Prayer

by Thich Nhat Hanh


At the foot of the Bodhi tree,
beautifully seated, peaceful and smiling,
the living source of understanding and compassion,
to the Buddha I go for refuge.


The path of mindful living,
leading to healing, joy, and enlightenment,
the way of peace,
to the Dhamma I go for refuge.


The loving and supportive community of practice,
realizing harmony, awareness, and liberation,
to the Sangha I go for refuge.


I am aware that the Three Gems are within my heart.
I vow to realize them.


I vow to practice mindful breathing and smiling,
looking deeply into things.


I vow to understand living beings and their suffering,
to cultivate compassion and loving kindness,
and to practice joy and equanimity.


I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning
and to help relive the grief of one person in the afternoon.


I vow to live simply and sanely,
content with just a few possessions,
and to keep my body healthy.


I vow to let go of all worry and anxiety in order to be light and free.


I am aware that I owe so much 
to my parents, teachers, friends and all beings.
I vow to be worthy of their trust,
to practice wholeheartedly,
so that understanding and compassion will flower,
and I can help living beings
be free from their suffering.


May the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha support my efforts.