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Dhammapalam Gatha by Bodhivajra

Posted by Suryadarshini on Wed, 24 July, 2013 - 12:51
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A teaching of the Dharma chanted in Pali, the Dhammapalam Gatha translates as ‘verses that protect the truth’. Set to music, this is a piece that beautifully evokes the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

Bodhivajra recorded this chant; listen for enjoyment, or listen to learn the words (reproduced below).

Dhammapalam Gatha
Verses that Protect the Truth


verses in Pali

Sabbapapassa akaranam
Kusalassa upasampada
Sacittapariyodapanam
Etam Buddhanam sasanam.

Dhammam care sucaritam
Na nam duccaritam care.
Dhammacari sukham seti
Asmim loke paramhi ca.

Na tavata dhammadharo
Yavata bahu bhasati.
Yo ca appam pi sutvana
Dhammam kayena passati,
Sa ve dhammadharo hoti
Yo Dhammam nappamajati.

N’atthi me saranam annam
Buddho me saranam varam
Etena saccavajjena
Hotu me jayamangalam

N’atthi me saranam annam
Dhammo me saranam varam
Etena saccavajjena
Hotu me jayamangalam.

N’atthi me saranam annam
Sangho me saranam varam
Etena saccavajjena
Hotu me jayamangalam.

Namo Buddhaya
Namo Dhammaya
Namo Sanghaya

Sadhu sadhu sadhu

English translation

Not to do evil
To cultivate the good
To purify the mind
This is the Teaching of the Buddhas.

Lead a righteous life
Not one that is corrupt.
The righteous live happily
Both in this world and the next.

He is not versed in Dhamma who
Merely speaks much. He who
hears but a little (of the teaching) but
sees the Truth and observes it well
indeed he is truly called
‘one versed in Dhamma’.

No other refuge than the Wake
Refuge supreme is there for me.
Oh by the virtue of this truth
May grace abound and victory!

No other refuge than the Truth
Refuge supreme is there for me.
Oh by the virtue of this truth
May grace abound and victory!

No refuge but the Fellowship
Refuge supreme is there for me.
Oh by the virtue of this truth
May grace abound and victory!

Hommage to the Buddha!
Hommage to the Dhamma!
Hommage to the Sangha!

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With diacritics and references to the Dhammapada.

Dhammapalagāthā

sabbapāpassa akaraṇam
kusalassa upasampadā.
sacittapariyodapanam
etaṃ buddhānam sāsanam. [1]

dhammaṃ care sucaritaṃ
na naṃ duccaritaṃ care.
dhammacārī sukhaṃ seti
asmiṃ loke paraṃ hi ca. [2]

na tāvatā dhammadharo
yāvatā bahu bhāsati.
yo ca appam pi sutvāna
dhammaṃ kāyena passati,
sa ve dhammadharo hoti
yo dhammaṃ nappamajati. [3]

n’atthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ
buddho me saraṇam varaṃ
etena saccavajjena
hotu me jayamaṅgalaṃ.

n’atthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ
dhammo me saraṇam varaṃ
etena saccavajjena
hotu me jayamaṅgalaṃ.

n’atthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ
sangho me saraṇam varaṃ
etena saccavajjena
hotu me jayamaṅgalaṃ.

namo buddhāya
namo dhammāya
namo saṅghāya

sādhu
sādhu
sādhu

[1] Dhammapada 183

[2] Dhp 169

[3] DhP 259