These two powerful Buddhist prayers have given inspiration and inner peace to countless humans throughout the ages. Reading them–and letting them into our hearts–may be a first step toward world peace.
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
May those who find themselves in trackless,
the children, the aged,
be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
Evoking the presence of the great compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion–towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.