A Prayer To Avert Nuclear
To the Teacher and
the Three Jewels, I bow.
leader of the golden age - Crown of the Sakyas!
Second Buddha, Prince of Oddiyana, Lake-Born
Bodhisattvas - eight
closest spiritual heirs
Nobles, Avilokitesvara and Manjushri,
Vajrapani and the rest!
Twenty-one Taras, Host of Noble
Root and lineage
your three homes!
earth, the heavens and the emanated worlds!)
You who through wisdom or karma have become
Defenders of the Doctrine!
Guardians of the Directions!
Seventy-five Glorious Protectors!
You who are clairvoyant, powerful, magical and
Behold and ponder
the beings of this age of turmoil!
beings born at the sorry end of time;
An ocean of ill-effects overflow from our
universally bad actions.
forces of light flicker,
forces of darkness, a demon army, inflames great and powerful
And they rise in
conflict, armed with nuclear weapons
That will disintegrate the earth.
The weapon of perverse and errant
Has unleashed the
Soon, in an
instant, it will reduce the world
And all those in it to atoms of dust.
Through this ill-omened devils'
It is easy to see, to
hear and think about
Ignorant people, caught in a net of confusion and doubt,
Are obstinate and still refuse to
It terrifies us
just to hear about or to remember
This unprecedented thing.
world is filled with uncertainty,
But there is no means of stopping it, nor place of
Other than you,
undeceiving Three Jewels and Three Roots,
(Buddhas, Teaching and Spiritual Community, Lama,
If we cry to you
like children calling their mother and father,
If we implore you with this prayer,
Do not falter in your ancient
Stretch out the
lightning hand of compassion!
Protect and shelter us defenseless beings, and free
us from fear!
mighty barbarians sit in council of war
- barbarians who rob the earth of pleasure and
- barbarians who
have wrong, rough, poisonous thoughts.
Bend their chiefs and lieutenants
To the side of peace and
Pacify on the
spot, the armed struggle that blocks us!
Turn away and defeat the atomic
Of the demons'
And by that
power, make long the life of the righteous,
And spread the theory and practice of the
To the four corners
of this great world!
Eliminate root, branch and leaf - even the names
Of those dark forces, human and
Who hate others
and the teaching!
vast happiness and goodness
Over this fragile planet!
Elevate it truly with the four kinds of glory!
And as in the golden age, with all strife
Let us be busy only
with the dance of pleasure, the dance of joy!
We pray with pure thoughts-
By the compassion of that ocean the three supreme
And the power of the
Realm of Truth;
goal of this, our prayer
Magically, just as we have hoped and dreamed!
Translated from the Tibetan by Richard Kohn and Lama Tsedrup
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