(Handa mayaṃ ovāda-pāṭimokkha-gāthāyo bhaṇāmase)

Sabba-pāpassa akaraṇaṃ

Avoidance of all evil ways;

Kusalassūpasampadā

Commitment to what’s wholly good;

Sacitta-pariyodapanaṃ

Purifcation of one’s mind:

Etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ

Just this is what the Buddhas teach.

Khantī paramaṃ tapo tītikkhā

Patience is the cleansing flame;

Nibbānaṃ paramaṃ vadanti buddhā

Nibbāna’s supreme, the Buddhas say.

Na hi pabbajito parūpaghātī

Harming others, you’re no recluse;

Samaṇo hoti paraṃ viheṭhayanto

A trouble-maker’s no samana.

Anūpavādo anūpaghāto

To neither insult nor cause wounds;

Pāṭimokkhe ca saṃvaro

To live restrained by training rules;

Mattaññutā ca bhattasmiṃ

To know what’s enough when taking food;

Pantañca sayan’āsanaṃ

To dwell alone in a quiet place;

Adhicitte ca āyogo

And devotion to the higher mind:

Etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ

Every Buddha teaches this.