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Saturday, 31 July 2004
Buddhist Prayers

Universal Love Aspiration


Through the working of Great Compassion
in their hearts,
May all beings have happiness
and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow
and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the
sacred happiness, which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity,
Without too much attachment
and too much aversion;
and live believing in the equality of
all that lives. Namo Amida Buddha



Daily Affirmation Prayer


Entrusting in the Primal Vow of Buddha,
Calling out the Buddha-name,
I shall pass through the journey of life with strength and joy.

Revering the Light of Buddha,
Reflecting upon my imperfect self,
I shall proceed to live a life of gratitude.

Following the Teachings of Buddha,
Listening to the Right Path,
I shall share the True Dharma with all.

Rejoicing in the compassion of Buddha,
Respecting and aiding all sentient beings,
I shall work towards the welfare of society and the world.



Golden Chain Prayer


We are a link in Amidas golden chain
of love that stretches around the world.
We will keep our link bright and strong.

We will be kind and gentle to every living thing and
protect all who are weaker than ourselves.

We will think pure and beautiful thoughts,
say pure and beautiful words,
and do pure and beautiful deeds.

May every link in Amidas chain of love be bright and strong,
and may we all attain perfect peace. Namo Amida Buddha.



Prayer for Light


O Amida, I enjoin my hands and pray to you,
who resides in every quarter, direction and within my heart.
Let your Primal Vow kindle the Light of Dharma in all beings,
for those who grope bewildered in the gloom of sorrow.
Namo Amida Buddha.



Refuge Prayer


O Amida, I take refuge in you,
Ocean of Oneness, Eternal Life and Light;
Entrusting with my whole heart and mind
In your Primal Vow;
I am empowered by you to live a full, Compassionate and creative life,
I dedicate myself to the service of all beings,
Striving to help others realize,
Their human potential and Enlightenment;
May your Teachings guide me
Throughout the day, in my relationships, work and play. Namo Amida Buddha



Metta Karuna Prayer


O Amida,
Oneness of Life and Light,
Entrusting in your Great Compassion,
May you shed the foolishness in myself,
Transforming me into a conduit of Love.
May I be a medicine for the sick and weary,
Nursing their afflictions until they are cured;
May I become food and drink,
During time of famine,
May I protect the helpless and the poor,
May I be a lamp,
For those who need your Light,
May I be a bed for those who need rest,
and guide all seekers to the Other Shore.
May all find happiness through my actions,
and let no one suffer because of me.
Whether they love or hate me,
Whether they hurt or wrong me,
May they all obtain true entrusting,
Through Other Power,
and realize Supreme Nirvana.
Namo Amida Buddha



Buddhist Mealtime Prayer


This food is the gift of the whole universe,
Each morsel is a sacrifice of life,
May I be worthy to receive it.
May the energy in this food,
Give me the strength,
To transform my unwholesome qualities
into wholesome ones.

I am grateful for this food,
May I realize the Path of Awakening,
For the sake of all beings.
Namo Amida Buddha.


(from http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/buddhistprayer/id2.html)

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