Tibetan Buddhist Prayer

We are honored to share this favorite Tibetan Buddhist prayer of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is the dedication chapter of the great master Shantideva’s BodhicharyavataraA Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

The prayer, always beautiful, is especially poignant during these troubling and turbulent times. May it bring you peace. May it bring the world peace.

Favorite Tibetan Buddhist Prayer of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

May no living creatures 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 in 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 or 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 benefitting 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.

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Updated on June 4, 2020. First published on November 1, 2011.

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  1. Fiona says

    Such beautiful sentiments…reading this actually reduced me to tears, I felt my heart open with compassion and a love which I pray daily will help all sentient beings. Thank you so much, Lobsang and Yolanda, for everything you share. Your teachings are a jewel to bring us such BEAUTIFUL inspiration! xXx

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