A Prayer for a Newborn

 
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun 
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
With great sincerity we would like to tell you 
That a new life has arrived!
Our child __________ has come into this world.
We pray that, with your blessing and protection
The child may suffer no calamity,
And may be healthy in both mind and body;
May the child have good luck every moment,
And grow up safely;
May the child be endowed with intelligence, wisdom, and discernment,
And learn without hindrance;
May the child embody both merits and virtues,
And be loved by people.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please grant the child not only the fruits of happiness,
But also a few challenges and some forging of character;
Not only the garden of joy,
But also a few brambles and underbrush;
Not only the encouragement of honor,
But also a few trials and undertakings;
Not only the faith of Buddhism,
But also the needed, unadulterated diligence and patience.
 
May the child have the gift of being grateful to others;
May the child have self-reflection to humble himself/herself;
May the child have the virtues of cultivating repayment;
May the child have belief in right knowledge and right view.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
In the future may the child:
Become a son/daughter in the family
Who is honest and filial;
Become a student in school
Who respects teachers and their teachings;
 
Become an upright person at work
Who is diligent and modest;
Become a disciple in Buddhism
Who protects and upholds the Triple Gem.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
We pray that, under the illumination of your Buddha light:
May the child grow up to be well-behaved, and to live securely;
May the child not be blinded and confused by vanity;
May the child not be misled by temptation of the senses.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
I pray for your blessing and protection;
Please give the child confidence and courage
When he/she is defeated,
And do not let him/her be heartbroken and sad;
Please give him/her wisdom and strength
When he/she despairs,
And do not let him/her be woeful and disappointed.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
We hope that this humble heart
Can spread throughout the entire universe;
We hope that this vow
Can reach into the unlimited, unbounded future;
May this young and tender life
Never lose his/her innocent nature;
May this young and tender life
Never lose his/her benevolent and beautiful true feelings.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
This is your disciples' pious prayer;
Please kindly accept it!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
This your disciples' pious prayer;
Please kindly accept it!
 
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha.