I go for refuge until I am enlightened
To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Highest Assembly.
From the virtuous merit that I collect,
By practicing giving and the other perfections,
May I attain buddhahood,
To be able to benefit all beings.

May I be free of anger, free of attachment, free of confusion, free of pride.
May I be free of the problems that arise from such distortions of my mind.
May I recognise and cultivate my potential of loving kindness,
compassion, wisdom, patience and all other good qualities.
May these good qualities grow for my well-being and the well-being of others.
May my fears, worries and sorrows fall away.
May I find the joy of love and peace in my heart.

May all people, especially my enemies, discover and develop their potential for loving-kindness, compassion, patience and so forth.
May all people, especially my enemies be free from all the problems caused by their confusion.
May all people, especially my enemies find love and peace in their hearts.

May everyone be happy,
May everyone be free from misery,
May no one ever be separated from their happiness,
May everyone have equanimity, free from hatred and attachment.

As long as space remains,
as long as sentient beings remain,
may I too remain
and dispel the miseries of the world.


This prayer can be said before meditation.
By the power and the truth of this practice:
May all beings have happiness,
and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow, and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless,
And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.

This prayer can be said after meditation.
May whatever merit that comes from this practice go toward the enlightenment of all beings;
May it become a drop in the ocean of the activity of all the buddhas in their tireless work
for the liberation of all beings.