Sunday, 23 March 2014

Passages and Mantra for Meditation -- Updated

1. The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

"Dear Lord, make me the instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy."

"O Divine Maters, grant me that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love.  
For that it's in giving that we receive
It is in forgiving that we are forgiven
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
"
SourceConquest of Mind

2. The Earth Prayer

"Mother Earth...my life support system...
as a soldier...I must drink your blue water..
live inside your red clay and eat your green skin.
I pray....my boots will always kiss your face
and my footsteps match your heartbeat...

carry my body through space and time.
you are my connection to the universe...and all that comes after.
I am yours and you are mine
I salute you
"
Source: "The First Earth Battalion Operation Manual" by Jim Channon.

3. Four Bodhisattva vows

众生无边誓愿度
烦恼无尽誓愿断
法门无量誓愿学
佛道无上誓愿成

Sentient beings are innumerable, we vow to liberate them.
Worrying thoughts are inexhaustible, we vow to end them.
Higher teachings are immeasurable, we vow to learn them.
Path to enlightenment has no end, we vow to reach it.


http://villagezendo.org/wordpress/wp-content/pdfs/FourVowsVZ-ZCLA.pdf

4. The Lord's prayer

"Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespassed against us;
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever,
Amen"

5. Prayer to Our Earthly Mother

"Our mother, which art upon Earth,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done in us as it is in thee.
As thou send to us everyday thy angles send them to us also,
Forgive all our sins as we atone all our sins against thee,
and lead us not into sickness but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the earth, the body, and the health,
Amen"

Source: The Essence Gospel of Peace, Book One. (https://youtu.be/8VO9pRDI0ew?t=2660)

6. Opening of Buddha's Twin Verses.  Taken from Dhammapada

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts.  Those whose minds are shaped by selfish thoughts cause misery when they speak or act.  Sorrow roll over them like the wheels of a cart follow the hooves of the bullock that draws it.  

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts.  Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act.  Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them. "

SourceConquest of Mind

7. Protection prayer
"Mighty God surrounds me, love of God enfolds me, power of Gold protects me, presence of God watches over me. Where ever I am, God is, and always will be."

8. "God, give ___ my/his/her own unconditional love"

9. Hoʻoponopono
"I'm sorry, I love you, forgive me, thank you"

Source: Joe Eigo's video