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A Sajja Vow

The gift of Sajja is beyond giving.
The taste of Sajja is beyond sweetness;
The joy of Sajja is beyond joy.
The end of addiction is the end of sorrow.

(354 Dhammapada - alternative version)

To undertake the Sajja Vow, recite each line to yourself [or repeat each line after the leader]:

    I ask for forgiveness from others for whatever harmful things I have done:
    the mistakes, failures and wrong-doings
    that I have intentionally or unintentionally done with body, word and heart.

    I ask for and extend forgiveness to myself for whatever harmful things I have done to myself:  the mistakes, failures and wrong-doings
    that I have intentionally or unintentionally done with body, word and heart.

    As far as I am able; I forgive others for whatever harmful things they have done:  the mistakes, failures and wrong-doings
    committed intentionally or unintentionally with body, word and heart.

    In this place of mindfulness,
    with the natural Elements [and those present] as my witnesses,
    I knowingly and openly commit to the following Sajja vow:

    I will not take alcohol or other drugs that lead to carelessness for
    the rest of my life.
      [ for one year ]  [ for one week ]   [ for one day ]

    May the merit and benefits from the fulfillment of this Sajja vow
    relieve the suffering of those beings currently in the Hell realms,
    and those beings currently in the Heaven realms;
    may it be shared around the whole Universe.

    In the realm of the Human beings; may the merit and benefits be shared with my family, with my benefactors and with my friends;
    and may it relieve the suffering of all the people that I have hurt or harmed.
     

            May I and all beings
                     be free from the pain and sorrow of addiction.
            May I and all beings
                     be filled with loving-kindness.
            May I and all beings
                     be safe from inner and outer dangers.
            May I and all beings
                     be well in body and mind.
            May I and all beings
                     be happy and at ease in the world.

[If witnesses are present: Response: -- Well said, well said, well said!]
 

            - (bow three times) -

Please note that this page and the linked pages below are a ‘work in progress’ so please check back here from time-to-time for updates.

[Mindful Recovery Home] [Foundations of Buddhist Recovery] [The Truth of Addiction] [Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention] [Meditation and Mindful Recover] [Sila Forgiveness Meditation] [Healing the Past] [Loving Kindness - Metta] [Commitment and Ethics] [Notes on Sajja : As Practiced at Thamkrabok Monastery] [A Sajja Vow] [One Day at a Time - Sajja Vow] [The  purpose of Buddhist moral precepts] [The Healing Power of the Precepts] [The Five Mindfulness Trainings] [A Discipline of Sobriety] [A Simple Guide to Life] [Being Human Mindfully] [The Precepts in Recovery] [The Rahula Rules] [Forgiveness Meditation Practice] [The Practice of Metta] [The Blessings of Recovery]