365 Days for Travelers: Aug 8

A PRAYER FOR OUR PARENTS, RELATIVES,
AND FRIENDS (EXCERPT)

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Since we emerged from the womb,
Our parents have raised and educated us,
Our relatives have supported us;
We have received so much from them
But seldom repay their kindness.
When we cried, they gave us joy;
When we were disappointed,
they gave us encouragement;
In each requirement of livelihood,
they gave us provision;
Through hardships and setbacks, they gave us comfort.
They have given us
so many expressions of loving-kindness,
They have given us
so much tenderness and thoughtfulness,

Oh Buddha!
You once carried the coffin for your father,
You also once traveled afar
in order to teach Dharma to your mother.
Please grant us faith and strength;
We wish to bring honor to our deceased ancestors,
We wish to guide our living relatives;
Please bless and protect our parents and relatives;
May they enjoy happiness, longevity, good health,
and peaceful lives,
May they be safe and at ease.
If we have honor, we wish to share it with them;
If we have wealth, we wish them also be free from need.

Buddha, we pray to you:
Allow us to offer repayment
To our relatives in this lifetime;
Allow the sincere gratitude in our hearts
To gain approval from our elders.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please gratify your disciples’ humble sincerity!