Posted by: samandal | July 15, 2010

The Basic Ground

Ascension of Bahíyyih Khánum

With unconditional love—and limitless compassion—for our beloved and heart-felt friend H. R.

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.”                                                             (Pema Chödrön: When Things Fall Apart, page 9)

To a Buddhist, as to a Bahá’í, prayer without practice is not real prayer. This prayer is a practice to help us touch love and bring love into our daily life: first with ourselves, then with someone we love, next with someone we like, then with someone neutral to us, and finally toward someone who has made us suffer.

To practice this love meditation, sit still, calm your body and your breath, and recite this to yourself so you can look deeply at yourself as you are, cultivate your love for yourself, and determine the best ways to express this love in the world.

The Nine Prayers

1.

May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.                                          May he be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.                                       May she be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.                                      May they be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.

2.

May I be safe and free from injury.                                                                    May he be safe and free from injury.                                                                  May she be safe and free from injury.                                                                 May they be safe and free from injury.

3.

May I be free from anger, fear, and anxiety.                                                       May he be free from anger, fear, and anxiety.                                                     May she be free from anger, fear, and anxiety.                                                   May they be free from anger, fear, and anxiety.

4.

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.                  May he learn to look at himself with the eyes of understanding and love.               May she learn to look at herself with the eyes of understanding and love.              May they learn to look at themselves with the eyes of understanding and love.

5.

May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself.     May he be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in himself.  May she be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in herself. May they be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in themselves.

6.

May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself. May he learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in himself.                                                                                                            May she learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in herself.                                                                                                            May they learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in themselves.

7.

May I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.                          May he know how to nourish the seeds of joy in himself every day.                       May she know how to nourish the seeds of joy in herself every day.                      May they know how to nourish the seeds of joy in themselves every day.

8.

May I be able to live fresh, solid, and free.                                                          May he be able to live fresh, solid, and free.                                                        May she be able to live fresh, solid, and free.                                                      May they be able to live fresh, solid, and free.

9.

May I be free from attachment and aversion, but not be indifferent.                      May he be free from attachment and aversion, but not be indifferent.                    May she be free from attachment and aversion, but not be indifferent.                   May they be free from attachment and aversion, but not be indifferent.

(Adapted by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Visuddhi-Magga)


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