I have been attending Buddhist meditation sessions on and off for the last seven or eight years. Through that time I have gradually learned a little bit about patience, compassion and love for all sentient beings. There is one prayer that we recite to close our session that has had a tremendous impact on me. Why? Well, from the very beginning when I would read it aloud, I would get so choked up that I had to stop and listen to the others in the group finish it. Often I would visualize these things actually occurring and I just could not go on. Then over time, I was actually able to read it aloud.
Even now, after having read it hundreds of times, I still feel it affecting me in very loving ways. Just read it, let it take you to a very nice place...
by His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
May all beings everywhere
plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
by virtue of my merits.
May no living creature suffer,
commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
with a mind weighed down by depression.
May the blind see forms,
and the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.
May the naked find clothing,
the hungry find food.
May the thirsty find water
and delicious drink
May the poor find wealth,
those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope
constant happiness and prosperity.
May there be timely rains
and bountiful harvests.
May all medicines be effective
and wholesome prayers bear fruit.
May all who are sick and ill
quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world
may they never occur again.
May the frightened cease to be afraid
and those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
and may people everywhere think of benefiting each other.