In Sanskrit (印度梵文):
Buddham sharanam gacchâmi. बुद्धं शरणं गच्छामि ।
Dharmam sharanam gacchâmi. धर्मं शरणं गच्छामि ।
Sangham sharanam gacchâmi. संघं शरणं गच्छामि ।।
Buddham saranam gacchami.
Dhammam saranam gacchami.
Sangham saranam gacchami.
I go for refuge in knowledge,
I go for refuge in teachings,
I go for refuge in community.
- Buddham : refers to Buddha (Pali), to knowledge/enlightenment/ability to reason/mind’s power to discriminate (Sanskrit).
- Dharmam (Teachings) : refer to Buddhist teachings (Pali), and Dharmic teachings (Sanskrit).
- Sangham : means the same in Pali and Sanskrit: community of like-minded spiritual beings.
- This invocation, or refuge prayer, is known as the “Three Jewels” or “Three Treasures” (tri-ratna) prayer in Buddhism.
- In Hinduism, this mantra chant is sometimes expanded with
Satyam sharanam gacchâmi (I go for refuge in truth),
Ahimsam sharanam gacchâmi (I go for refuge in non-violence),
Yogam sharanam gacchâmi (I go for refuge in yoga),
Ekam sharanam gacchâmi (I go for refuge in the One Universal life).