Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Buddha's call for peace

Continuing a general theme this week inspired by the Memorial Day holiday, allow me to present another prayer for peace. This one comes from the Buddhist tradition, from a translation of the Dhammapada found at Beliefent [speaking of - here is some context for those who are new to reading my perspective or who have forgotten my approach to things like "God", "religion", etc.]

Let us live happily, without hate amongst those who hate. Let us dwell unhating amidst hateful men.
Let us live happily, in good health amongst those who are sick.
Let us dwell in good health amidst ailing men.
Let us live happily, without yearning for sensual pleasures amongst those who yearn for them.
Let us dwell without yearning amidst those who yearn.
Let us live happily, we who have no impediments. We shall subsist on joy even as the radiant gods.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful prayer. I think it includes everthing needed to live a life skillfully and without fear.

    I'm going to learn this prayer and use it prior to doing zazen. I think it will help set the intention very well




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