First, I am water.

– circa 2022

In the name of the daybreak

And the eyelids of morning

And the wayfaring moon

And the night when it departs

I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred

But offer myself humbly

As a guardian of nature

As a healer of misery

As a messenger of wonder

As an architect of peace

In the name of the sun and its mirrors

And the day that embraces it

And the cloud veils drawn over it

And the uttermost night

And the male and the female

And the plants bursting with seed

And the crowning seasons of the firefly and the apple

I will honor all life

Wherever and in whatever form it may dwell

On Earth my home

And in the mansions of the stars

– School Prayer

I bow with humility

I bow with respect and gratitude

I bow to face my own imperfection and surrender

– The Three Prostrations

With a wish to free all beings

I shall always go for refuge

To the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

Until I reach full Enlightenment

Enthused by wisdom and compassion

Today in the Buddha’ presence

I generate the mind for full awakening

For the benefit of all sentient beings

As long as space endures

As long as sentient beings remain

Until then, may I too remain

And dispel the miseries of the world.

– Kundun’s Prayer

Tell your story around the fire and feel its power, tell it again and you are forgiven, tell it three times and you are no longer welcome around the fire until you have found the new story to tell within you.  

– Toltec invocation

I am loving awareness.

Ram Dass

I can let go of this; I can let go of this too; I can let go of this soon.

– circa 2020

Being are numberless; I vow to save them.

Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them.

Dharma gates are numberless; I vow to enter them.

Buddha way is unsurpassable; I vow to become it.

– Boddhisattva Vows

May I be the protector to those without protection

A leader for those who journey

And a boat, a bridge, a passage

For those desiring the further shore.

May the pain of every living creature

Be completely cleared away.

May I be the doctor and the medicine

And may I be the nurse

For all sick beings in the world

Until everyone is healed

Just like space

And the great elements such as Earth

May I always support the Life

Of all the boundless creatures

And until they pass away from pain

May I also be the source of life

For all the realms of varied beings

That reach unto the ends of space.

– Shantideva’s Prayer