A Prayer

Posted in Buddhism, HH Dalai Lama at 9:22 am by Marion

Today, some words from a prayer by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. You can find the entire poem in The Essential Dalai Lama, (Viking, 2005).

I believe we can feel deep affinity and kinship as human beings with the People of the Land of the Snows. In this poem they represent our unified struggle to remain peaceful and compassionate in the face of brute strength and the bullying of power and wealth.


… Please consider the truth of my anguished pleas…

O holders of the Dharma: scholars
and realized practitioners;

May your tenfold virtuous practice prevail.

Humble sentient beings, tormented
by sufferings without cease,

Completely suppressed by seemingly endless
and terribly tense, negative deeds,

May all their fears from unbearable war, famine,
and disease be pacified,

To freely breathe an ocean of happiness and well-being,
and particularly the pious people

of the Land of Snows who, through various means,

Area mercilessly destroyed by barbaric hordes
on the side of darkness,

Kindly let the power of your compassion arise,
to quickly stem the flow of blood and tears.

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