Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity
May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.
– Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D. Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Natural disasters, like any great tragedy, are sudden and often unexpected. They happen without warning and I believe that’s why they instill such a great amount of sorrow for the people affected by them. Loss is hard no matter how ‘prepared’ we are, but unexpected loss is its own type of hard. It’s the kind that stirs up ‘what if’ and ‘maybe’ and ‘could I have done more’ which makes it so much more difficult to come to terms.
I pray for everyone affected by the earthquake in Nepal. I pray that they receive the love and the manpower they need to restore their villages and their people. I pray for the families who have lost loved ones. I pray for loved ones still waiting for word from their loved ones. I pray for humanity, to offer a helping hand in any way they can. I pray for peace for the people of Nepal and those affected by this disaster. I pray that good comes from this tragedy, even if it seems impossible right now. This one hits home for me, as a local yoga instructor (whom my Mom knows) is still unaccounted for, and for her, I pray.