Friday, September 9, 2011

A Prayer for Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh


In beauty, sitting on a lotus flower, is Lord Buddha quiet and solid.
Your humble disciple, calm and pure of heart, forms a lotus flower with his hands, faces you with deep respect, and offers this heartfelt prayer.

Homage to all Buddhas in the ten directions.
Because of your love for all people, have compassion on us.
Help us remember we are just one family,
Help us rekindle our compassion and brotherhood, and transform our separate interests into loving acceptance for all.
May your compassion help us overcome hatred.
May Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva's love help the flowers bloom again in the soil of all countries.
Humbly, we open our hearts to you, so you may help us transform our karma and water the flowers of our spirits.
With you deep understanding, help our hearts grow light.

Homage to Shakyamundi Buddha whose great vows and compassion inspire us.
I am determined to cultivate only thoughts that increase trust and love, to use my hands to perform only deeds that build community,
to speak only words of harmony and aid.

May the merit of this prayer be transformed into peace worldwide.
May each of us realize this, our deep aspiration.

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