Peace Pole Dedication Prayer – May 18, 2013

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Peace Pole Dedication
China Grove, North Carolina

Today I was invited to join with other faith leaders in the community to dedicate a Peace Pole in China Grove, North Carolina. The following is the prayer I offered.

“May Peace Prevail On Earth” this is the phrase, which is written on peace poles found all over the world. Today we dedicate this peace pole to stand with other poles as a constant reminder of the wish, and the prayer for peace to find a lasting place in the thinking and actions of all mankind. Peace is not just the absence of war, but also the presence of compassion and concern for all those who suffer. Peace is not just the absence of killing, but the creation of life sustaining and supporting activities. Peace is not just the absence of hostility, hate and prejudice, but the purposeful intention and actions of understanding, inclusion, and tolerance.

Honor Be To The Buddha
Honor Be To The Dharma
Honor Be To The Sangha

May we realize this world is the Buddha’s Pure Land.

May peace permeate all the world and all beings enjoy peace and happiness.

May all beings live in safety and live long without misfortune.

May this peace and happiness last forever and all being be prosperous.

May all beings of all realms be helped equally, overcome suffering, and gain the happiness of blissful liberation.

May we purify our minds, limit our desires, learn to be content, feel free to experience the quiet joys of life, and abandon attachments formed in the mind.

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo

About Ryusho Shonin

Nichiren Shu Buddhist priest. My home temple is Myosho-ji, Wonderful Voice Temple, in Charlotte, NC. You may visit the temple’s web page by going to http://www.myoshoji.org. I am also training at Carolinas Medical Center as a Chaplain intern. It is my hope that I eventually become a Board Certified Chaplain. Currently I am also taking healing touch classes leading to become a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. I do volunteer work with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (you may learn more about them by following the link) caring for individuals who are HIV+ or who have AIDS/SIDA.
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