Prayer For Asia Tsunami Disaster Victims
Dear Ven. Chodron,
I believed you have heard of the deadly tsunami
that killed thousands of people in India, Thailand, Indonesia and
Malaysia. It's the worst tragedy for the world when many want to
rejoice in the arrival of the new year 2005 and have made new resolutions.
Life is short and so fragile. Now I must wake up daily with appreciations
that I live and see my loved ones around me.
To mark the year 2004 coming to an end, the
least I could do to help the tsunami victims is to do some short
prayers for them and their families. Thus I wonder if you would
recommend me with any short prayers to offer for the benefit of
those victims ?
May all beings be well and happy !!
Your wish to do prayers for the tsunami victims is a wonderful one,
and prayers definitely help others as well as ourselves. There are
several in the prayer books Pearl of Wisdom, Books I and II that
you can do. The prayers may also be downloaded from this website. In the USA,
the prayer books are available from Snow Lion at 1-800 950-0313.
Here are the prayers
I recommend doing:
You could also chant "om mani padme hum," the compassion
mantra and imagine Kuan Yin (Chenresig) sending healing light to
all the victims. If you want to meditate more extensively, the guided
meditation of Chenresig is on the website.
You could do any or all of these prayers. People have different
meanings of "short" prayers, so you can choose. The shortest
and most essential prayer is the one at the bottom of this email
(the short version of the Four Immeasurables).
dedicate so that those who have died will have precious human rebirths with all the conducive internal and external conditions to practice
the Dharma so that they will become fully enlightened Buddhas. Dedicate
for their families and for you and your families so that we will
use our precious human life wisely and make it meaningful. That
means not wasting time in being angry, resentful, jealous, and greedy,
but taking the time to consciously cultivate a kind heart, love,
compassion, bodhicitta, and wisdom. Lets study, contemplate
and meditate on the Buddhas teachings for the benefit of all
a practical level, donate to a charity organization that is helping
the victims of the tsunamis. If you have the opportunity, go to
an affected area and do volunteer work. Or if you cant directly
help the tsunami victims, help someone in your country. Whats
important is that we reach beyond our limited self-centered wishes
and connect with other sentient beings in a loving and wise way.
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes.
May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment,