A Prayer Before Retiring for the Day

 
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun 
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
The day is gone,
Today has passed:
Although I am unable to stop the course of time, 
I pray to you, Buddha, to 
Allow me to realize 
The true meaning of impermanence; 
Although I am unable to follow the footsteps of the sunrise and sunset, 
I pray to you, Buddha, to 
Allow me the see the value of life clearly.
 
In the day that has just passed,
I had ceaseless delusions and ignorance; 
I had ceaseless worries and restlessness.
But relying on your compassion and respect-inspiring virtue, 
Your wisdom and guidance,
I passed the day in complete safety.
 
From today on, may I be:
Like bridges and roads,
That extend good causes and good conditions to the world; 
Like fresh spring rain and dew, 
That alleviate the affliction and tiredness of all sentient beings; 
Like the forest and old trees, 
That provide coolness and ease to all beings; 
Like the sun, the moon, and the stars, 
That illuminate all beings who have taken the wrong path.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
The day has passed.
On such a night, 
I can feel how quickly life and time have gone by; 
Just like a fish in shallow water; 
I know the time is short; 
I cannot help feeling the impermanence of life.
 
I can only pray to you,
Great Buddha: 
May I possess a magnanimous mind 
And forgive my enemies who have mistreated me;
May I have a grateful mind
And repay my friends who have helped me;
May I have a mind of prajna wisdom
And reflect upon my own shortcomings;
May I have zealously progressing mind
And carry out your compassionate teachings.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Thank you for your teaching and guidance:
May I abandon the weapons of hatred and vengeance,
And enjoy the refreshing happiness of hearing your teachings and meditating on Dharma Joy;
May I remove the shackles of attachment
And liberate my body and mind.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Today is gone and my life is one day shorter.
I pray for your blessing.
From today on, may I be able to have:
No fear, no delusion,
No worries, and no nightmares.
Relying on the support of your great power:
May I rise and retire with you
And enjoy boundless happiness;
May I find true self
And have eternal life.
 
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please accept my sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please accept my sincerest prayer!
 
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha.