i submit this article with the three buddhist prayers. i wish to express my thoughts and feelings through someone who has written with such beautiful sentiment in support of Japan. the devastation that they have suffered over what has occurred during the earthquake, tsunami, the nuclear reactor explosion. the future that they will have to endure. for the many who have lost their lives, their homes, their sense of security. the many repercussions to their homeland by such an invasion of nature. let us all pray for Japan. pray for their healing. pray for their souls and their spirit to find a braveness for their recovery. namaste!
by maggie christian
Dear Brave Souls: Three Buddhist Prayers for Japan for all Humans, All Animals, All of Nature Here and Beyond this Earth
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7:46am
May all those in Japan be comforted. May all be found. May all the injured be helped. May all the frightened be calmed. May all our brothers and sisters know spirit has wings, and we are with them all with true love.
Buddhism is a major religious practice in Japan. There are several forms. One, Mahayana Buddhism talks about the world as a source of suffering, yet at the same time it is optimistic about the world and the value of life.
This tender notion is brought by the belief that these two seemingly contradictory ideas (to some) can peacefully exist side by side. That when one realizes that only the mind and its appetites causes suffering… but its way of looking at life… then one can empty oneself out, and be at peace with whatever is, with whatever comes next.
As one of my late elder teachers who was a Buddhist used to smile and say… Being in the moment, and being at peace, being empty… is hard to do. Why do you think we have to meditate, three times a day to get there, to try to remain there? It’s not because we’re perfected. Quite the contrary. It’s because we keep getting into the golden cloud of knowing… and falling out bumpety bump!
Yes. And. Thus. But. This way of thought, even though easy to fall out of the minute unconsciousness runs down consciousness in the roadway, it is a worthy endeavor. Very much so.
In concert, we can together say these three powerful prayers; I love these, for they care so much for spiritual, bodily, mental and soulful health of self and the same kind of health for all others… all including nature and animals and all humans, sky and earth and beyond. Beautiful – and with love, dr.e
Refuge and Bodhicitta
I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I attain Enlightenment.
By merit accumulations from practicing generosity and the other perfections
May I attain Enlightenment, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
May all beings have happiness and its causes,
May they never have suffering nor its causes;
May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow;
May they dwell in equal love for both near and far.
Prayer of the Seven Limbs
With my body, speech, and mind, humbly I prostrate,
And make offerings both set out and imagined.
I declare my wrong deeds from all time,
And rejoice in the virtues of all.
Please stay until samsara ceases,
And turn the wheel of Dharma for us.
I dedicate all virtues to great Enlightenment.