Pearls of Wisdom
Prayer for Engaged Living II:
- Professions and Society
- Buddhism and Dharma Service
Among the many offerings that Buddhists make to the Buddha are incense, flowers, candles and fruit. We make these offerings out of respect to the Buddha, not because the Buddha demands such offerings or because we expect to be rewarded by the Buddha for our offerings. We also offer ourselves when we bow and prostrate before the Buddha. To this list of offerings we may also add our words in the form of prayers to the Great Compassionate Buddha.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun has written this beautiful and comprehensive collection of Buddhist prayers to help Buddhists of all schools to focus their thoughts and to offer to the Buddha beautiful words of praise, gratitude and thanksgiving. It is our hope that readers of these prayers will meditate upon the words and how they apply to their lives; will see their situations through the eyes of wisdom; and will act to bring about the changes that they desire in their lives.
On the path towards enlightenment we will receive help from many sources, ad prayer or praise offerings will play a major role for many practitioners. It is hoped that these special prayers by Venerable Master Hsing Yun will take the reader far along the path towards enlightenment.