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

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
The day is gone,
Today has passed:
Although I am unable to stop the course of time,
I pray to you, Buddha, to
Allow me to realize the true meaning of impermanence;
I pray to you, to
Allow me to see the value of life clearly.

From today on, may I be:
Like bridges and roads,
That extend good causes and good conditions to the world;
Like fresh spring rain and dew,
That alleviate the affliction and tiredness of all sentient beings;
Like the forest and old trees,
That provide coolness and ease to all beings;
Like the sun, the moon, and the stars,
That illuminate all beings who have taken the wrong path.

The day has passed.
I can feel how quickly life and time have gone by;
Just like a fish in shallow water,
I cannot help feeling the impermanence of life.
I can only pray to you, Great Buddha:

May I possess a magnanimous mind
And forgive my enemies who have mistreated me;
May I have a grateful mind
And repay my friends who have helped me;
May I have a mind of prajna wisdom
And reflect upon my own shortcomings;
May I have a zealously progressing mind
And carry out your compassionate teachings.

May I abandon the weapons of hatred and vengeance,
And enjoy the refreshing happiness of hearing your teachings and meditating on Dharma joy;
May I remove the shackles of attachment
And liberate my body and mind.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Today is gone and my life is one day shorter.
From today on, may I be able to have:
No fear, no delusion,
No worries, and no nightmares.

── from Pearls of Wisdom: Prayers for Engaged Living