A Prayer for One's Wife

 
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun 
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
I am already a man with a family. 
I realize that I am carrying a great responsibility,
But I often neglect the people who are dearest to me
Due to my thoughtlessness, and the pressures of my work.
Deep in the night, when I reflect upon life's trivial matters,
I truly feel that I have not been
wholehearted with my family;
I truly regret that I have owed
My wife and children so much.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
I understand that my wife has gone through hardships to give birth and raise our children;
I understand that she has worked hard to wash and clean.
My wife is one of the few virtuous and wise women in the world;
For my joy and interests, she gave up
Her own interests and ambitions;
For my needs and ideals, she abandoned
Her own possessions and attachments.
When I come home,
She always soothes me with loving words;
She always prepares delicious, healthy food;
She always naturally shows concern and protection;
She always encourages me.
In order to have consideration for my dignity,
She lives a frugal life, to purchase more clothing for me;
In order to ensure my well-being
She has nursed and cared for my health for months and years;
In order to please my family
She says kind words to them and endures many grievances;
In order to help me succeed in my career,
She shares and relieves my worries at every moment.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
In a family, a wife holds an important position;
For a husband, a virtuous, wise wife plays an essential role;
For children, a loving mother is their strength;
 
For a man, the family is the center of his life.
In the small world of "home",
A wife plays an important role-
Her smile is sunshine for the entire family;
Her voice is music for the entire family;
Her loving words are a gentle breeze for the entire family;
Her arms are a safe harbor for the entire family.
I hope that I can walk and chat with her among flowers and in the moonlight,
And never let her work too hard or feel lonely.
I hope that I can be like her shadow, never separate from her,
And never let her wait anxiously for me at home.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
I feel very content with my wife;
If I have ever spoken rough words to her,
I hope that she can accept my repentance;
If I have ever neglected her birthday gift,
I hope that she can accept my apology;
If I have ever been unable to accompany her at any time,
I hope that she can tolerate my inexpressible difficulties;
If my income is not enough for the family budget,
I hope that she can understand my limitations.
 
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please bless and protect my wife:
May she be a wise mother in the hearts of our children;
May she be a virtuous daughter-in-law in the hearts of her in-laws;
May she be a woman of great capacity, and enthusiastic in promoting public welfare;
May she be the paragon of motherhood in the world.
 
Please let the family become her small universe;
Please let the family become her good companion.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept my sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept my sincerest prayer!
 
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha.