1. Yourself

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    Love yourself and watch –
    Today, tomorrow, always.

    First establish yourself in the way,
    Then teach,
    And so defeat sorrow.

    To straighten the crooked
    You must first be a harder thing –
    Straighten yourself.

    You are the only master.
    Who else?
    Subdue yourself,
    And discover your master.

    Willfully you have fed
    Your own mischief.
    Soon it will crush you.

    By your own folly
    You will be brought as low
    As your worst enemy wishes.
    So the creeper chokes the tree.

    How hard it is to serve yourself,
    How easy to lose yourself
    In mischief and folly.

    The kashta reed dies when it bears fruit.
    So the fool,
    Scorning the teachings of the awakened,
    Spurning those who follow the law,
    Perishes when his folly flowers.

    Mischief is yours.
    Sorrow is yours.
    But virtue is also yours,
    And purity.

    You are the source
    Of all purity and impurity.

    No one purifies another.

    Never neglect your work
    For another’s,
    However great his need.

    Your work is to discover your work
    And then with all your heart
    To give yourself to it.

    ~The Dhamapada

     

  2. Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity

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    May I be a guard for those who need protection
    A guide for those on the path
    A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
    May I be a lamp in the darkness
    A resting place for the weary
    A healing medicine for all who are sick
    A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
    And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
    May I bring sustenance and awakening
    Enduring like the earth and sky
    Until all beings are freed from sorrow
    And all are awakened.

     

    Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage700 A.D.
    Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  3. Maha Jayamangala Gatha

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    1. The Great Merciful Lord, for the good of all living beings, practiced all Perfections
    and attained supreme Enlightenment. By these true words may joyous victory be mine.

    2. He who enhanced the happiness of the Sakyas who was victorious at the foot of the Bodhi-Tree.
    Likewise may there be victory to me, and may I ever be blessed.

    3. I revere, the Buddha-jewel highest balm and best, ever beneficial to gods and men.
    By that Buddha’s glory safely, may all obstacles and sufferings ceased.

    4. I revere the Dhamma-jewel, highest balm and best, that cools down the heat.
    By the power of the Dhamma safely, may all obstacles and fears cease.

    5. I revere the Sangha-jewel, highest balm and best, worthy of offerings worthy of hospitality.
    By the power of that Sangha safely may all my obstacles pass away!
    May all my diseases be cured!

    6. Whatever diverse precious jewels there be in this universe – there is no jewel equal to the Buddha.
    By this truth let me be prosperous.

    7. Whatever diverse precious jewels there be in this universe – there is no jewel equal to the Dhamma.
    By this truth let me be prosperous.

    8. Whatever diverse precious jewels there be in this universe – there is no jewel equal to the Buddha.
    By this truth let me be prosperous.

    9. There is no other refuge for me, Buddha is my matchless refuge.
    By these true words may joyous victory be mine!

    10. There is no other refuge for me. The Dhamma is my matchless refuge.
    By these words may joyous victory be mine.

    11. There is no other refuge for me. Sangha is my matchless refuge.
    By these true words joyous victory be mine!

    12. May all calamities be warded off, may all illness be dispelled, may no obstacles hinder me, may I live long and happily.

    May all good fortune come my way, may all the deities protect me, by all the power of the Buddha may I always enjoy well-being. May all good fortune come my way, may all the deities protect me, by all the power of the Dhamma may I always enjoy well-being.

    May all good fortune come my way, may all the deities protect me, by all the power of the Sangha may I always enjoy well-being. By the power of these protective verses, may my misfortunes be destroyed troubles due to stars and demons, harmful spirits and ominous planets.

    May rain fall in due time, may there be a rich harvest, may the world be prosperous, may the government be righteous By the power of all mighty Buddhas,I secure protection in every way.

     

     

     Pali Version

    1. Mahakaruniko natho hitaya sabba paninam Puretva parami sabba patto sambodhi
    muttamam Etena sacca vajjena hotu me (te) jayamarigalam

    2. Jayanto bodhiya mule sakyanam nandi vaddhano Evam mayham jay6 hotu jayassu jaya marigalam

    3. Sakkatva Buddha ratanam osadham uttamam varam Hitam deva manussanam –
    Buddha tejena sotthina Nassantu paddava sabbe dukkha vupasamentu me (te)

    4. Sakkatva Dhamma ratanam osadham uttamam varam Parilahu pasamanam-
    Dhamma – tejena sotthina. Nassantu paddava sabbe – bhaya vupasamentu me (te)

    5. Sakkatva sangha ratanam osadham uttamam varam Ahuneyyam pahuneyyam
    Sanghatejena sotthina Nassantu’ paddava sabbe roga vupasamentu me (te)

    6. Yam kinci ratanam loke vijjati vividha puthu Ratanam Buddha samam natthi
    Tasma sotthi bhavantu me (te)

    7. Yam kinci ratanam loke vijjati vividha puthu Ratanam Dhamma samam natthi
    Tasma sotthi bhavantu me (te)

    8. Yam kinci ratanam loke vijjati vividha puthu Ratanam sangha samam natthi –
    Tasma sotthi bhavantu me (te)

    9. Natthi me saranam aniiam – Buddho me saranam varam Etena sacca vajjena –
    hotu me jaya mangalam

    10. Natthi me saranam anfiam – Dhammo me saranam varam Etena sacca vajjena –
    hotu me j aya mangalam

    11. Natthi me saranam anfiam – Sangho me saranam varam Etena sacca vajjena –
    hotu me jaya mangalam

    12. Sabbltiyo vivajjantu sabba rog5 vinassatu Mate bhava tvantarayo sukhi dighayuko bhava Bhavatu sabba marigalam Rakkhantu sabba devata Sabba Buddhanu bhavena Sada sotthi bhavantu me Bhavatu sabba marigalam – Rakkhantu sabba devata Sabba Dhammanu bhavena Sada sotthi bhavantu me Bhavatu sabba marigalam Rakkhantu sabba devata Sabba Sarighanu bhavena Sada sotthi bhavantu me.

    Nakkhatta yakkha bhutanam

    Papagga ha nivarana parittassanu

    Bhavena hantva tesam uppaddave

    (Recite 3 times)
    Devo vassatu kalena sassa-sampatti hetu ca phito bhavatu I5ko ca

    Raja bhavatu dhammiko.

    Sabbe Buddha balapatta

    rakkham bandhami sabbaso.
    Source: http://www.Maithri.com


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