When in the forest amongst the roots of the trees or in the empty places,
Just call to mind the Buddha
and no fear or trembling will arise.
If you cannot think of the Buddha,
this best, this highest, this finest of men,
then call to mind the Dharma,
the well-taught guide.
If you cannot think of the Dharma,
the well-taught guide,
then think of the Sangha,
that incomparable source of good in the world.
To those recalling the Buddha supreme,
to those recalling the Dharma sublime,’
to those recalling the Sangha,
no fear, no terror will make one quiver.’
– Samyutta Nikaya I.220
When is probably the most fearful moment in this life? When dying.
It is hard to be mindful of all three (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha),
but when you mindful of Buddha, it encompass all,
as Buddha is the perfect personification of living Dharma, the perfect Sangha member.