Audio Chants

Bhikkhunis in Buddha's day

Protective Verses on Treasures (Jewels), adapted from the Ratana Sutta, Sutta Nipata II.i

Whatever wealth exists in this world or the next
Whatever exquisite treasure there lies in the heavens
Cannot compare to the Blessed One.
This is the exquisite treasure of the Buddha
By the power of this Truth may your heart be peaceful, at ease.

The sublime Deathless, the ending of dispassion
Discovered by the Sakyan Sage in samadhi.
There is nothing equal to that state.
This is the exquisite treasure of the Dhamma.
By the power of this Truth may your heart be radiant, at peace.

What the magnificent Awakened One praised as pure
Calling it the unmediated knowing of the stilled mind,
No equal to that state of mind can be found.
This too is an exquisite jewel of the Dhamma
By the power of this Truth may your heart be blessed, serene.

The eight persons, the four pairs praised by those at peace,
Those disciples of the Tathagata worthy of offerings,
What is given to them bears great fruit.
This is an exquisite treasure of the Sangha.
By the power of this Truth may your heart be uplifted, full of light.

Those steadfast devotees, earnest followers
Of the teachings of the Blessed One,
On attaining their goal they plunge into the Deathless
And freely enjoy the Liberation they’ve gained.
This is an exquisite treasure of the Sangha.
By the power of this Truth may your heart rejoice in bliss.

With the old seed destroyed, there is no taking rebirth.
For the purified mind freed from desire
There is no more becoming, nor further growth.
For these wise ones go out like the flame of a lamp.
This too is an exquisite treasure of the Sangha.
By the power of this Truth may your heart be fully-liberated, free.

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Eight Great Noble Thoughts

This Dhamma is for one who wants little, not for one who wants much.
This Dhamma is for one who is contented, not for one who is discontented.
This Dhamma is for one who loves seclusion, not for one who craves company.

This Dhamma is for one who is energetic, not for one who is lazy.
This Dhamma is for one who is mindful, not for one who is inattentive.
This Dhamma is for one who is composed, not for one who is restless.
This Dhamma is for one who is wise, not for one without wisdom.
This Dhamma is for one who delights in freedom from distraction,
not for one who is distracted.

– Anguttara VIII, 30

Meal Blessing

With a heart of gratitude, I reflect on this meal:
I give thanks to the earth, the sun, the wind and the rain,
And the hard work of all who produced, prepared, and offered it.
I consider it just like the body,
Made of mere elements, devoid of self.

Mindful and content,
I eat this food like a good medicine
Only to relieve feelings of hunger.
I consider my conduct and speech, and even my thoughts,
And commit to abandon what is unwholesome.
To purify the mind and awaken,
And to live with joy, kindness, wisdom, and compassion.

Four things return to one who gives the gift of food:
Long life, strength, beauty and happiness.