Friday, 7 April 2017

daily prayers!





May all beings everywhere 
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind 
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy 
By virtue of my merits. 


May no living creature suffer, 
Commit evil or ever fall ill. 
May no one be afraid or belittled, 
With a mind weighed down by depression. 


May the blind see forms, 
And the deaf hear sounds. 
May those whose bodies are worn with toil 
Be restored on finding repose. 


May the naked find clothing, 
The hungry find food; 
May the thirsty find water 
And delicious drinks. 


May the poor find wealth, 
Those weak with sorrow find joy; 
May the forlorn find hope, 
Constant happiness and prosperity. 


May there be timely rains 
And bountiful harvests; 
May all medicine be effective 
And wholesome prayers bear fruit. 


May all who are sick and ill 
Quickly be freed from their ailments. 
Whatever diseases there are in the world, 
May they never occur again. 


May the frightened cease to be afraid 
And those bound be freed; 
May the powerless find power 
And may people think of benefiting each other. 


May I be a protector to those without protection, 
A leader for those who journey, 
And a boat, a bridge, a passage 
For those desiring the further shore. 


May the pain of every living creature 
Be completely cleared away. 
May I be the doctor and the medicine 
And may I be the nurse 
For all sick beings in the world 
Until everyone is healed. 


May I be a guard for all those who are protectorless, 
A guide for those who journey on the road, 
For those who wish to go across the water, 
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge. 


For all those ailing in the world, 
Until their every sickness has been healed, 
May I myself become for them 
The doctor, nurse, the medicine itself. 


For as long as space endures,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide,
To dispel the misery of the world.



~ Shantideva's Prayer
The Way of The Bodhisattva 





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