Prayer for Peace and Stability
by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Unfailing sources of refuge—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and Gurus, Yidams and Dakinis,
And especially Avalokiteshvara, protector of the Land of Snows,
Together with Noble Tara and Guru Padmasambhava,
We pray to you: think of us and the sacred pledges you have made!
Grant your blessings, so that our prayers of aspiration may be fulfilled entirely.
Beings of this degenerate age think and act in perverse ways,
And disturbances in the elements, both outer and inner,
Mean that disease and pestilence, unknown in ages past, threaten human beings and animals alike.
Planetary forces, nagas, gyalpo, obstructing spirits and jungpo demons,
Cause blight, frost and hail, poor harvests, war and conflict,
Untimely rains and ominous portents for the Land of Snows,
And there is fear of earthquakes, fire, adversaries, and environmental catastrophe,
And especially of foreign invaders who might harm the teachings.
May all types of harm and violence in these snowy lands,
Be swiftly pacified and eliminated entirely.
May precious sublime bodhichitta
Arise naturally in the minds of all beings, human and non-human alike,
So that they never again think or act in harmful, violent ways.
May the minds of all be filled with love for one another!
May the whole of Tibet enjoy abundant splendours, happiness and wellbeing!
And may the Buddha’s teachings flourish and endure!
Through the force of the truth embodied in the Three Roots, the Buddhas and their heirs,
And through the power of all the sources of merit throughout samsara and nirvana,
And of our own completely pure, positive intention,
May this, our prayer of aspiration, be fulfilled!
The precious master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo said, “These are extremely turbulent times and there is no telling what will happen. I am saying this prayer for peace and stability in Tibet six times each day, and it is important for you to do the same.” So it was that I, Lodrö Thayé, wrote this down as a personal reminder, in Tsadra Rinchen Drak on a propitious morning during the waxing phase of the twelfth month.
Translated by Adam from Lotsawa House