The Door of Happiness -
Prayer for the Happiness of all Sentient Beings
Written by Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo
Translated by Dr. P D Santina
May the priceless teachings of the Omniscient One, the only door through which happiness ever appears to living beings, never decline in any place or time, but spread forth to every direction's end.
May the span of life be lengthened and enhanced for our peerless teachers and spiritual friends who cherish the Buddha's religion more than their lives and whose compassion and wisdom are measureless.
May the assemblies of monks who practice His teaching always endure and their works pervade the ten directions, for they point out to beings the path of virtue and carry the great burden of teaching and meditation.
May all human beings be free from fears of old age, disease and death, but live instead with right views of existence in this world. May their minds grow to love one another, and limitless joys increase always for all.
May the cities of the earth be beautiful, strung with rows of prayer flags, white and rippling in gentle breezes; may their inhabitants not be poor but wear the fine clothes and jewels they long to have.
May the eyes of living beings be gladdened by skies made splendid by clouds that lightenings garland, while on earth below, the peacocks dance with joy as showers of rain, falling gently, approach.
May the mountains be adorned by rippling grasses, clusters of wildflowers, and by falling waters, and the valleys overflow with grains and commingling herds, while men sing songs that spring forth from joy; in freedom from pride, from wars and discord.
May the rulers govern well in peaceful ways and peoples heed their rulers with unfeigned respect so that, all inner and outer conflicts set at rest, well-being prevails as it did in the Age of Perfection.
May every temple be adorned by many images of the Enlightened One and by books of holy scripture; may there the great rain of worship be increased by infinite clouds of offerings offered by gods.
May the chanting and study of scriptures increase in every monastery, each of them filled with spiritual friends and monks in saffron robes who uphold the teachings of the sage and devote their days to discussing, explaining, and writing about His words.
May the Holy Teaching of the Blessed Enlightened One be enhanced by lay disciples, by novices, monks, and nuns, each endowed with moral conduct that is flawlessly pure and diligent in study, reflection, and meditation.
May meditators who have given up every distraction be increased by those attainments of insight that follow renunciation; away from all bustle and harm, may they ever dwell in tranquil places of solitude.
May this, our own circle of meditators, whose prayers are offered with especial faith, be blessed with prosperity untainted by wrong livelihood, and may our spans of life and our understanding of Dharma increase.
May there also arise within me spiritual qualities of learning and realization and the perfection of every principle which the Enlightened Ones have taught, through my own wholehearted performance of giving, moral conduct, patience, diligence, meditation, and highest wisdom.
For the sake of others, may I too grow in harmony with the Holy Teaching and gather others together through kind words and generous deeds; by the power of right explanation, may their actions and mine become attuned to the Way.
This prayer that I offer on behalf of all is that every obstacle to Dharma may vanish and every auspicious condition completely prevail; may every virtue that the Sage has praised increase always in every way!
By the power of the compassionate blessings of the holy masters, by the truth of the Ultimate Reality of all Dharmas, and by the purity of our own noble resolve, may our prayers become actuality.
(This prayer for the happiness of all living beings was written by the Venerable Master, Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, who established the famous hermitage of Ngor Evam in 1434. He was an emanation of the Greatly Compassionate One and one of the Sakya Order's most illustrious saints. Because it expresses the tute intent of all Buddhist scriptures, i.e. the aspiration to bring about true happiness and well-being of all beings without exception, this prayer is usually chanted by Sakya monks at the close of each assembly.)