Daily Reading ~ January 7

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

To sacred hills, woods, and groves,

To sacred trees and shrines

Do people go, gripped by fear.


But they are not safe refuges,

Not the best refuge.

Not by going there

Is one freed from all suffering?


But whoever takes refuge

In the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha

Will understand with wisdom

The Four Noble Truths:


Suffering, its cause, its overcoming,

And the Noble Eightfold Path

Leading to its overcoming.


And this is a safe refuge,

The best refuge.

Having taken refuge here,

One is freed from all suffering.