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

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Today I would like to pray to you
With utmost sincerity for my husband:
May he not just toil in the pursuit of wealth,
But also work for the cultivation of virtue;
May he not just conduct himself in life with competency,
But also treat others generously, with compassion;
May he not just strive in his career,
But also look after the well-being of both his mind and body;
May he not just take care of social engagements,
But also care for the harmony and happiness of our family.

I pray that he will not only love and protect
His wife and children,
But also love and protect
The parents and relatives of others,
And even love and protect all humanity and all beings.
May he leave some time for our family, besides striving at work,
So that we can enjoy an interesting life filled with humor.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
May my husband not avoid the responsibilities of family;
May he not love the new, and detest our long relationship;
I pray for my husband:
May he never become attached to wealth, power or fame; Let him realize that ordinariness is greatness,
And demanding nothing is sublime;
May he never covet sensual pleasure; let him understand:
The wife who is with him in hardship is the long-lasting one,
And safety and peace are exquisite.

Please grant my husband longevity and good health;
Please grant my husband peace and good fortune.

── from Pearls of Wisdom: Prayers for Engaged Living