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The Threefold Refuge
Sambutsuge
Jusige
Junari
Shoshinge
Eko
The running order of a Jodo Shinshu Amida Buddha Service
Following the reciting The Threefold Refuge, the central or main part of a Buddha Service usually comes in the form of the chanting of a Sutra or Gatha. The Sambutsuge, Jusiege, Junari and Shoshinge are the primary gatha's in Jodo Shinshu tradition. The traditional way to conclude a Buddha Service and express ones gratitude is to chant the Eko.

A Buddha Service should always begin with
TAKING REFUGE IN BUDDHA, DHARMA AND SANGHA
The Threefold Refuge
in the Jodo Shinshu/Pure Land Tradition
The Three Refuges
in General Buddhist Tradition

Leader/doshi
Hard it is to receive human form. Now we have received it.
Difficult is it to hear the Buddha Dharma. Now we hear it.
If we do not receive awakening in this life, in what life shall we do so?
With sincerity, let us take refuge together in the Three Treasures..

Sangha/everybody
I take refuge in the Buddha.
Together with all beings, may we attain the Great Way of Enlightenment,
awakening to the supreme intent of the Buddha.

I take refuge in the Dharma.
Together with all beings, may we enter the storehouse of the Dharma,
acquiring Wisdom as deep as the ocean..

I take refuge in the Sangha.
Together with all beings, may we become united as the Great Assembly,
being free of all bondage.

Leader/doshi
Hard is it to encounter the supreme, profound and wondrous Dharma
even in a hundred thousand million kalpas.
Now we are able to hear it and receive it.
Let us thoroughly understand the true intent of the Tathagata.

In the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, one was permitted to join the Buddhist community (sangha) upon receiving the precept of the three refuges under the guidance of a monk and shaving one's head to symbolise a departure from worldly ways and into a life devoted to the path of Buddhism, which transcends the mundane world.

To receive the precept of the three refuges means to declare before one's teacher that one takes whole-hearted refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and to vow to not deviate from them.

"Buddha" here refers to Sakyamuni. "Dharma" to Sakyamuni's teachings, and "Sangha" to the community of followers who have entrusted themselves to Sakyamuni Buddha's teaching. Because these form what the basis of what one values most of all in life, they are called the "three treasures".

 


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In 2012 Chomon House resident Gary Robinson became a ordained as Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priest and given the title and name Reverend Daichi by the Nishi Hongwanji organization in Kyoto, Japan. Following this, Chomon House was given the honor of organising the 17th biennial European Shin Buddhist Conference. To coincide with this significant event Chomon House became designated as the national H.Q. of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK. The International Association of Buddhist Culture, Kyoto, Japan supports the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK. Chomon House, 6 Southcliff Road, Southampton SO14 6FH.
         
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