us to turn our hearts and minds to the beneficial, rousing our thoughts and actions towards Awakening."
---- Senpai Sensei
Buddhist prayer is a practice to awaken our inherent
inner capacities of strength, compassion and wisdom rather than to petition external forces based on fear, idolizing, and
worldly and/or heavenly gain. Buddhist prayer is a form of meditation; it is a practice of inner reconditioning. Buddhist
prayer replaces the negative with the virtuous and points us to the blessings of Life.
For Buddhists, prayer expresses an aspiration to pull something into one's life, like some new energy
or purifying influence and share it with all beings. Likewise, prayer inspires our hearts towards wisdom and compassion for
others and ourselves. It allows us to turn our hearts and minds to the beneficial,
rousing our thoughts and actions towards Awakening. If we believe in something
enough, it will take hold of us. In other words, believing in it, we will become what we believe. Our ability to be touched
like this is evidence of the working of Great Compassion within us.
What's more, it can a function as a form of self-talking or self-therapy in which one mentally talks through
a problem, or talks through it aloud, in the hope that some new insight will come or a better decision can be made. Prayer
therefore frequently has the function of being part of a decision-making process.
Everywhere and Anytime
The wonderful thing about prayer practice is that we can do it everywhere and anytime, transforming the
ordinary and mundane into the Path of Awakening. Prayer enriches our lives with deep spiritual connection and makes every
moment special, manifesting the Pure Land here and now.