Friday, January 7, 2011

what would you say to me

May I become at all times
both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935)

for the holidays owlice sent me a beautiful banner containing the words above. the words have become part of my daily meditation, I hope the words will infuse my being and help awaken my buddha nature.

written at the bottom of the 'prayer' is "dalai lama" - with dalai lama in quotation marks. I don't know about you but the presence of the quotation marks make me question the veracity of the attribution. but no worries, we live in the digital age; so I just googled the words and found that yes, his holiness did indeed share this prayer - in fact this site even provided a date, november 6, 2000. we live in amazing times.

mary chapin carpenter's 2004 song what would you say to me

photo: sitting buddha in morning sunlight, casa mouse january 2011


gloriousdecadence said...

Thank you, Kim.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks for this.

I just read the Dalai Lama's book about his life and spiritual journey. It's fabulous; highly recommended.


Roy said...

Your post reminded me that my handcarved Rosewood Laughing Buddha is still packed away in a box with most of my books. Someday he's gonna need to come out of hiding!

Anonymous said...

so happy it s a real quote! Beautiful photo. ali

mouse (aka kimy) said...

you all most welcome!

reya - which book is the one you finished? he's got quite a few titles that deal with his life and spiritual journey.

roy - i hope you let your buddha out of that box soon. a boxed buddha maybe a sad buddha even if he's a laughing one!

ali - yeah! as real as can be! tee hee. thanks owlice!!

Kate Hanley said...

Beautiful. A great reminder for everyone.

tony said...

Perfect.Thank You Kim.

Dumdad said...

Lovely words, lovely song.

Watson said...

Inspiring photo and prayer Kim. Many thanks.

Betsy Brock said...

very nice goals!

What did we do before Google? I use it constantly!

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful. This reminds me a lot of St. Francis' prayer.

Make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for the comments friends!

tess, oh yes! st. francis' prayer is mighty good medicine and a favorite of mine too! thanks for writing it out here!

the dalai lama's prayer also reminds me of little book i still have and treasure from my childhood called beautiful hearts (published 1952, and i expect long out of print).

the book was aimed at teaching catechism to young children (i was born into a catholic family)

the book's message is universal.

love, kindness and compassion are core to the teachings of the world's religions.

through simple drawings and stories my childhood book provided lessons on what were called the 'works of mercy':
shelter the homeless
feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

it's funny (and nice) how some things stick with us as mantras and as betsy puts it 'goals' to strive toward!


Betty said...

those words are thought-provoking and very, very beautiful.