Shantideva’s Dedication

I came to know this prayer when I attended the Introduction to Buddhism Course at Tushita, Dharamsala. It is written by 8th century Buddhist Monk, Shantideva. The image on top is a photo of The Seated Guanyin Boddhisatva from Liao Dynasty (9th – 11th Century), made from wood.

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body & mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness & joy
By virtue of my merits

May no living creature suffer
Commit evil, or ever fall ill
May no one be afraid or belittled
With a mind weighed down by depression

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose

May the naked find clothing
The hungry find food
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks

May the poor find wealth
Those weak with sorrow find joy
May the forlorn find hope
Constant happiness, and prosperity

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments
Whatever diseases there are in the world
May they never occur again

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other

For as long as space remains
For as long as sentient beings remain
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world

About Silvia

I'm based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ex-marketing manager converted into full-time wellness enthusiast. I consider myself as forever a student of yoga, sometimes a teacher. I'm into yoga, spirituality, health & wellbeing, reading, and running.

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