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A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR (EXCERPT)
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Shujan Cheng and Tom Manzo

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
At the beginning of the new year, I will look upon
Everything in the past as
A yesterday that has passed away,
Everything in the future as
A today that is newly born.
I would like to express my wishes.

At the beginning of this new year, I wish for:
Harmony in the family and happiness at home;
Contentment in life and good acts to help the world;
Stability in emotions and dignity in character;
The elimination of bad habits and advances in moral cultivation;
Determination in actions and compassion in relationships;
Contentment in career and health in body and mind;
Improvement in cultivation and increase in wisdom;

Abundance in Buddhism and emancipation for all beings;
Steadfastness in society and happiness in people;
Peace on earth and universal rejoicing.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
In the new year please grant:
That every word I say may be compassionate,
kind, and encouraging;
That everything I do may be acceptable to
most people and beneficial to the masses;
That every intention I have may be a blessing
to others and a transfer of merits to them;
That every action I take may be beneficial
to the nation and of assistance to the world;
That I may be willing to contribute my own body and mind to society;
That I may be willing to share everything I own with others.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
A new spirit infuses that new year;
Allow me to start everything anew!

── from Pearls of Wisdom: Prayers for Engaged Living