(Lama) Surya Das is like a Buddhist Johnny Appleseed, galavanting across the countryside, planting seeds of spirituality in bare patches of ground. He believes that we are all fertile soil for cultivating the sacred in everyday life. "We all have spiritual DNA," he says. In Awakening to the Sacred, Surya Das heightens his efforts to increase the planet's spirituality quotient by teaching people how to take advantage of their own spiritual resources. Whether Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, or atheist, we can all enhance our spiritual side. Certainly meditating is a good way, and there's no one better to teach us than this limpid lama. But even more familiar activities can help, like praying, creating a spiritual notebook, or reading spiritual books--even gardening and walking count. Surya Das excels at demystifying the mystical and urges the reader to capitalize on resources closest at hand. No need to look too far when we can draw inspiration and practices from our own traditions. So take that apple seed, thumb through Awakening to the Sacred, and nourish those precious roots of spirituality. (Amazon.com Editorial Review)
Prayer for Peace (Pg 306)
May there be peace in the higher regions;
may there be peace in the firmament;
may there be peace on Earth.
May the waters flow peacefully;
may the herbs and plants grow peacefully;
may all the divine powers bring us peace.
The supreme Lord is peace.
May we all be in peace, peace, and only peace;
and may that peace come into each of us.
Shanti, shanti, shanti!
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi (Pg 306)
Lord, make me an
instrument of your peace.
O divine Master, grant
that I may not so much seek
Blessings of Peace (Pg 307)
Go in peace.
Prayer (Pg 309)
We, who need help, pray for the healing of our
physical, emotional and spiritual pains and difficulties.
Source of all blessings and powers,
heal us - empower us, and bless us.
We realize that we canít do it alone, and we ask for blessings
from all those who have the power to help, elevate and heal.
We ask for the help from the sacred that is above us.
We ask for the support of those around us,
our friends, families, and communities.
We pray for the wisdom to find ways to help ourselves.
We ask for guidance to help us ease our way
and heal our hearts.
May we open ourselves to do the mystery that is beyond us,
the source from which we are never apart.
May we be happy and whole.
May energy pour through us for the benefit of one and all.
May we dance and lift up our hands and our hearts
in praise and rejoicing.
Agnostic's Prayer (Pg 312)
Eternal Father, strong to save,
All-Purpose Prayer for
Divine Guidance (Pg 314)
Divine Presence, be in my head
Sambhava's Healing Prayer (Pg 316)
(From the Choling Treasure)
The illusory bodies of all sentient beings
suffer from fear, harm, and illness.
Through an indescribable ocean of misery
we pray to the power of
The Healing Buddha
The Physician Buddha
The Spiritual Doctor
who heals all ills and afflictions
through his form as the
May our longevity and vitality be unhindered
by illness, accidents, and suffering.
Please bestow the blessing to fulfill all
our sterling wishes and aspirations
Obstacle-Removing Prayer (Pg 317)
Precious Guru, Lotus-Born Buddha, Guru
Surya Das's Longevity
Prayers (Pg 320)
power and blessings of oceans
Sakyapa Prayer for Swift Progress
on the Spiritual Path (Pg 321)
By the blessing of the Triple Gem,
to Tara (Pg 324)
Tara Kye Kyenno
Condensed version of the Tara prayer:
Oh Tara, holy liberator, swift-acting
Schweitzer's Prayer for the Animals (Pg 325)
Hear our humble prayer,
of Thanksgiving and Praise (Pg 326)
i thank You God for most this amazing
of Blessings - Old Irish Blessings (Pg 327)
May the road rise up to meet you.
of Blessings - Celtic (Pg 328)
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Metta Sutra (Pg 346)
is what should be done
Let none deceive another,
|Om Ahh Hum (Pg 354)||
Chenresig Practice: Cultivating
the Heart of Love (Pg 362)
Om Mani Padme Hung
Created on March 26 2005. Last
June 24, 2009