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Those beings that have here gathered
Of the earth and of the sky:
May you all be happy and listen
Intently as I speak.

[audio: English & Pāli]

Therefore, all beings, be attentive,
And friendly to this generation.
They bring offerings by day and night.
Since they are heedful please protect them.

Of all wealth here and beyond,
Of all the exquisite treasures in heavens,
Nothing for us beats the Tathāgatha.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Buddha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

The exquisite deathless, ending, dispassion,
Discovered by the integrated Sakyan sage,
Nothing is equal to that Dhamma.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Dhamma.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

What the excellent Buddha praised as pure
And called ‘the samadhi with direct result’.
To this samadhi, no equal is found.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Dhamma.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

The eight persons, the four doubles,
Praised by those at peace,
Such disciples of the Happy One, offerings deserving.
Gifts given to them, great fruit bearing.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Those of firm mind and freedom from temptation,
Deeply devoted to Gotama’s instructions,
On attaining their goal, plunge into the Deathless,
Freely enjoying the liberation they’ve gained.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Like an Indra-Pillar planted in the earth,
Unshaken by the four winds.
That I tell you, is like a true person
Who sees the Noble Truths wisely.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

The Noble Truths, they who clearly see,
When well taught by one of deep wisdom.
Despite any heedlessness,
They take no eight state of existence.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Together with attaining vision,
Abandoned are three things,
Identity views and wavering,
And all kinds of superstition.
Hence release from the four lower realms,
And inability to do the six great wrongs.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Whatever evil deed one may do,
In body, speech or in mind.
It is impossible to hide it.
Impossible they say, for one who has seen the way.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Like a forest grove with tops abloom
In the first month of summer’s heat,
So too the foremost Dhamma he taught,
For the highest benefit, leading to Nibbāna.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Buddha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Foremost, foremost knower,
Foremost giver, foremost bringer,
Unexcelled, he taught the foremost Dhamma.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Buddha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

The old is wasted, no new being.
Minds dispassionate to future becoming,
Without seed nor desire for growing,
The wise extinguish, just as this lantern.
This too is an exquisite treasure in the Sangha.
By this truth, may there be well-being.

Those beings that have here gathered,
Of the earth and of the sky,
Let’s pay homage to the Tathāgatha,
The one worshipped by humans and gods.
Oh Buddha, may there be well-being.

Those beings that have here gathered,
Of the earth and of the sky,
Let’s pay homage to the Tathāgatha,
The one worshipped by humans and gods.
Oh Dhamma, may there be well-being.

Those beings that have here gathered,
Of the earth and of the sky,
Let’s pay homage to the Tathāgatha,
The one worshipped by humans and gods.
Oh Sangha, may there be well-being.

 

The Ratana Sutta from the Khuddakapāṭha 

 

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