Sajja (Vow, Intention, Aspiration, Commitment)

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.

(Dhammapada 354 - alternative version)

To undertake the Sajja, 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 ready and 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:

[insert your Sajja here…]

I will not take alcohol or other drugs that lead to carelessness for…

[ the rest of my life ]   [ one year ]   [ one week ]   [ one day ]

I will practice these Sajjas one breath at a time; one step at a time; one day at a time.

May the merit and benefits from the fulfilment of these Sajjas relieve the suffering of any beings currently experiencing Hell realm mind-states and conditions; and may the merit and benefits be shared around the whole Universe.

In the realm of the Human beings; may the merit and benefits from the fulfilment of this Sajja 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 ever hurt or harmed.

May I and all beings – be free from the pain and sorrow of cravings.
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 peaceful and live with ease in the world.
May I and all beings – be happy and free from all distress.

—oooOooo—    bow three times    —oooOooo—

[If witnesses are present: They respond: — Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu!]


Related Resources:

Webpage :  Personal Sajja

Webpage :  Foundations of Awakening – Truth (Sacca / Sajja)

Webpage :  Notes on Sajja & Kahtah at Wat Thamkrabok