Liberating Prayer, Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni, is a special prayer composed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and is recited at the beginning of teachings, meditations and prayers in Kadampa Buddhist centres and classes throughout the world.
Reciting this special spiritual prayer while contemplating its meaning is a powerful method for increasing our faith and refuge in Buddha and for developing a deep feeling of closeness to Buddha.
In general, “Buddha” means “Awakened One” – someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Every living being has the potential to become a Buddha.
Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni
O Blessed One, Shakyamuni Buddha, Precious treasury of compassion, Bestower of supreme inner peace, You, who love all beings without exception, Are the source of happiness and goodness; And you guide us to the liberating path. Your body is a wishfulfilling jewel, Your speech is supreme, purifying nectar, And your mind is refuge for all living beings. With folded hands I turn to you, Supreme unchanging friend, I request from the depths of my heart: Please give me the light of your wisdom To dispel the darkness of my mind And to heal my mental continuum. Please nourish me with your goodness, That I in turn may nourish all beings With an unceasing banquet of delight. Through your compassionate intention, Your blessings and virtuous deeds, And my strong wish to rely upon you, May all suffering quickly cease And all happiness and joy be fulfilled; And may holy Dharma flourish for evermore. Composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at Manjushri Centre, England, June 2001 © New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union 2001