I’ve been asked to contribute Buddhist prayers for the environment for an interfaith site. I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know any – except one verse in a traditional Pali Chant:
Kāle devo pavassatu.
Samiddhaṁ netu medaniṁ.
Mātā-pitā ca atra-jaṁ
Niccaṁ rakkhanti puttakaṁ.
Evaṁ dhammena rājāno
Pajaṁ rakkhantu sabbadā
Which i have loosely translated as:
May the rain fall from the heavens, showering in the right season!
May the earth’s growing bounty bring prosperity for all beings!
As a mother and father always protect their own child,
So may the righteous rulers always protect their subjects!
I have had a quick look on the web for other Buddhist environment prayers, ancient or modern, but i can’t find any. Does anyone know of any – maybe by Thich Nhat Hahn?