Buddhist Veneration

Buddhist Veneration

In the Theravada tradition, it is customary to pay homage to the Buddha, recite the Three Refuges and undertake to observe the Pancca Sila (Pansil) on visiting a place of worship or at the start of a Buddhist ceremony. One can recite the following stanzas by oneself or invite a Buddhist monk to administer them.
The monk will recite each stanza in the ancient language of Pali and the devotee should repeat it after him
Vandana (Homage)
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the fully Enlightened One
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the fully Enlightened One
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the fully Enlightened One
Tisarana (The Three Refuges)
Buddham saranam gacchami I go to the Buddha as my refuge
Dhammam saranam gacchami I go to the Dhamma as my refuge
Sangham saranam gacchami I go to the Sangha as my refuge
Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam gacchami For the second time, I go to the Buddha for my refuge
Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam gacchami For the second time, I go to the Dhamma for my refuge
Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam gacchami For the second time, I go to the Sangha for my refuge
Tatiyampi Buddham Saranam gacchami For the third time, I go to the Buddha for my refuge
Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam gacchami For the third time, I go to the Dhamma for my refuge
Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam gacchami For the third time, I go to the Sangha for my refuge
Pancca Sila (The Five Precepts)
1.Panatipata veramani sikkapadam samadiyami I take the precept to abstain from killing
2.Addinnadana veramani sikkapadam samadiyami I take the precept to abstain from taking that which is not given
3.Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I take the precept to abstain from sexual misconduct
4.Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I take the precept to abstain from false speech
5.Sura-meraya-majja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam
samadiyami
 

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I take the precept to abstain from intoxicants 


Buddhism ~ The Four Vows

However innumerable sentient beings, I vow to save them.

However inexhaustible the passions, I vow to extinguish them.

However immeasurable the dharmas, I vow to master them.

However incomparable the Buddha’s truth, I vow to attain it.

Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. “

This picture painted by the Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo is called “Buddha” but what is the symbolism behind the peaceful face? Isn’t it what is meant by the word “Enlightenment”? Look closer and you will see that the symbols of different religions are parts of one person. Isn’t it because all the religions are like flowers on the same tree and enlightenment means realization of the virtues which are the same in all the religions?

The chin of Buddha is made of his disciples bowing in namaskar. The lower lip is like the sahasrara chakra (1000-petal from Sanskrit). Ears are represented by Shri Ganesha and Shri Kalki. There is the tree of life constituting the forehead and the dove representing the Holy Spirit in the area of the fontanel bone. This is to name a few. May be you will also see something else.