Dedication from “Engaging in the Deeds of Bodhisattvas”

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  • 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 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 other delicious drinks.

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

    May all who are ill and injured
    Quickly be freed from their ailments.
    Whatever diseases there are in the world,
    May these 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 endures
    And as long as living beings remain,
    Until then may I too abide
    To dispel the misery of the world.

    View a video of the Sravasti Abbey Monastic Choir singing this dedication to the tune of The Star Spangled Banner.

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