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A PRAYER FOR A NEWBORN (EXCERPT)

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Shujan Cheng and Tom Manzo

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
A new life has arrived!
I pray that, with your blessings and protection,
The child may suffer no calamity,
And may be healthy in both mind and body;
May the child have good luck every moment,
And grow up safely.

Please grant the child not only the fruits of happiness,
But also a few setbacks and some forging of character;
Not only the garden of joy,
But also a few brambles and underbrush;

May the child have the gift of being grateful to others
May the child have the virtue of cultivating repayment;
May the child not be blinded and confused by vanity,
May the child not be misled by the temptations of the senses.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
I pray for your blessings and protection;
Please give the child confidence and courage
When he/she is defeated,
And not let him or her be heartbroken and sad;
Please give him or her wisdom and strength
When he/she despairs,
And not let him or her be woeful and disappointed.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
I hope that this humble heart
Can spread throughout the entire universe;
I hope that this vow
Can teach the unlimited, unbounded future;
May this young and tender life
Never lose his/her innocent nature;
May this young and tender life
Never lose his/her benevolent and beautiful true feelings.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
This is your disciple’s pious prayer;
Please kindly accept it!

── from Pearls of Wisdom: Prayers for Engaged Living