Refuge in the Triple Gem

All Buddhist practices of whatever "vehicle" begin by establishing our goals and intentions, in the form of the three gems, Buddha Dharma and Sangha, although this "Triple Gem" takes on different meanings for us at different stages of the path.

Basic Buddhism (Shravakayana)

Pali English
Buddham saranam gacchami In the Buddha I take refuge.
Dhammam saranam gacchami In the Dharma I take refuge.
Sangham saranam gacchami In the Sangha I take refuge.
Dutiyampi buddham saranam gacchami For the second time, in the Buddha I take refuge.
Dutiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami For the second time, in the Dhamma I take refuge.
Dutiyampi sangham saranam gacchami For the second time, in the Sangha I take refuge.
Tritiyampi buddham saranam gacchami For the third time, in the Buddha I take refuge.
Tritiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami For the third time, in the Dhamma I take refuge.
Tritiyampi sangham saranam gacchami For the third time, in the Sangha I take refuge.

Mahayana

Sanskrit English
Buddham sharanam gacchāmi In the Buddha I take refuge.
Dhammam sharanam gacchāmi In the Dharma I take refuge.
Sangham sharanam gacchāmi In the Sangha I take refuge.    x3

OR

Tibetan English
Lama-la kyap-su che-o In the Guru I take refuge.
Sangjay-la kyap-su che-o In the Buddha I take refuge.
Ch’ö-la kyap-su che-o In the Dharma I take refuge.
Gendun-la kyap-su che-o In the Sangha I take refuge.    x3