II: (Go for Refuge and Affirmation)
IN THE THREE JEWELS
(This fundamental practice allows us to entrust ourselves to life’s
highest universal values)
Dharma, incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
Is rarely encountered, even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas; We now are able to see it, listen to it, accept and hold it; May we completely
realize its true meaning.
take refuge in the Buddha May I absorb myself
in the living source of understanding, faith and compassion, and awaken to the boundless Pure Land here and now. (bell & bow)
I take refuge
in the Dharma. May I be submerged in the depths of the Teachings and Reality-as-it-is, and gain wisdom as deep as the ocean.
(bell & bow)
I take refuge
in the Sangha. May I live in harmony with all beings, united with the disciples of Buddha, in the spirit of universal oneness
and freed from the bondage of selfishness. (bell & bow)
SHIN BUDDHIST AFFIRMATION
fundamental practice is a remembrance of the daily Shin attitude and practice)
Calling out her Sacred Name,
I shall pass through the journey of life with strength and joy.
Living in the Light of Buddha,
Reflecting upon my imperfect self,
I shall proceed to live a life of gratitude.
Following the Teachings of Buddha,
Listening to the wholesome Path,
I shall share the Dharma with all.
Rejoicing in the compassion of Buddha,
Respecting and aiding all sentient beings,
I shall work towards the welfare of society and the world. (bell & bow)