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