Thich Nhat Hanh - compassion and sharing
- If in numberless past lives or in this very life we have practiced
giving, even if only a handful of food or a simple coat; if we have
ever spoken kindly, even if only a few words; if we have ever looked
with the eyes of compassion, even if only for a moment...
If in numberless past lives or in this very life we have practiced
If we have ever looked with the eyes of compassion, even if only for
If we have ever offered a meal to monks and nuns, even if only once...
If we have ever saved lives, even if only that of ants or worms; if
we have recited sutras, even if only one or two lines
All this merit, the wholesome roots which we have put down, today we
gather all this merit together and respectfully offer it to the
Buddhas like a fragrant wreath of flowers.
We offer it all to contribute to the fruit of highest awakening.
Opening our heart wide, we turn to the perfect highest awakening. We
are resolved to attain understanding, to realize deep love and
compassion, to practice diligently, transforming our own suffering
and that of all species. All the merits of body, speech, and mind I
want to direct to be part of the happiness of all people and all
species. That is my deepest desire. Apart from the bodhicitta, apart
from the thirst for great understanding, apart from the vow to love
deeply, I have no more desires.
~ Excerpted from a commentary by Thich Nhat Hanh on the
practice "Joyfully Sharing the Merit."
The entire commentary can be found at
May this be of benefit.