*Prayful Help For The People Of Japan*

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    1. Japan is being sent through the meat grinder, and I send over my payers to comfort those who've survived, and for the souls of those who are lost, this tragic event is shocking, and is sure that thousands upon thousands are lost.
    2. Its my hearts desire, that things calm down for the people of Japan, and that the nuclear site gets settled, and secured.
    3. Here in USA we have had a small impact from the tsunami that hit the coastal area, I pray for them as well, its a wonder more island nations like the Philippines were not wiped out, which I am thankful for.
    4. For the good people of Japan my heart goes out to you, hang in there, helps on the way.



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    Breathing in the tragedy in Japan, all the pain, fear and suffering. Breathing out all the blessings I have rcceived in the past, in the present and in the future.

    Seeing the whole country of Japan bathed in the light of love and compassion. Sending wishing prayers.

    May you be happy.
    May you be free from suffering.
    May you be at peace.
    May you be free from fear.
    May your all your temporary obstacles be released.
    May you become enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings.
    May you be happy.
    May you come to know the sorrowless state.
    May samsara be quickly freed of it's suffering.
     
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    Yeah I'm sure those prayers are going to save lives.

    NOT!
     
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    Which would you rather have? People thinking of you kindly, people ignoring your suffering, or people wishing you suffer more?

    Does prayer really help others? That's a whole topic in itself.

    In my sangha, we have a prayer list that we read during any daily sadhana practice and during special holy days during the month we offer dedication of our practice to all who need it.

    Tonight I will be attending one and we will be praying for the people in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami and all others
     
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    People "thinking" of me in any capacity has absolutely no effect on me so therefore it's a waste of their time and mine to believe otherwise.

    If you want to help, pick up a shovel and actually do something.
     
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    Actually, thinking of others affects how you use that shovel. If you pick it up out of genuine altruistic motivation and have a vast mind to all the beings you'd like to help but can't, then your act becomes a vast offering.

    If you shovel with resentment and anger, you help no one, not even yourself.

    If you shovel out of pride, out of showing that you are so much better than those who are home praying, you miss an opportunity to create merit and wisdom with your goodwill.

    Motivation is very important in prayer.

    Most of us, as human beings have a mixed motivation--some selfish, some altruistic.

    I do take your point though. Good works are necessary.

    In this, I must give Christians enormous credit for the various charities, fund raising, and hands on service work they do. It's inspiring.
     
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    Prayer is a cop out to make people feel better about themselves without actually having to do anything.

    I like to think about working out but in the end nothing happens until i get off my ass and get to work.,
     
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    They haven't had anything this bad happen since murka took them DemoNcracy.
     
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    Prayers are good. There is power in prayer. But I would encourage anyone to donate what they can beyond just praying. If you pray and yet dont act with charity, your prayers are in vain and make no benefit to them or to you.
     
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    Tell you what, all you people get together and pray for a house to get built. I'll go build a house and we'll see who is warm and dry first.
     

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