Do prayers have an effect, and how do we make a prayer in a proper way so that it could have the maximum positive effect?
Rinpoche gave this talk on The Power of Prayer by the request of Bodhicharya Berlin.
Rinpoche has been working with Ani Paldron on a Bodhicharya prayer book, which will be presented at the International Bodhicharya summercamp in Portugal where this year’s topic is Prayer.
by Maggy Jones
Rinpoche quotes a book* by an American doctor on clinical research on the effectiveness of prayer. The findings showed dramatically positive results; the style of faith was not important, and even plants flourished better.
From a Buddhist view “prayer” has many aspects. Buddhists do not believe in a Creator but are not atheist. We believe in “enlightened beings” who have more power than us; we request their assistance to achieve that potential.
Everything is interdependent; even the smallest thing can have a strong effect. Explanation of the symbolism of the Refuge Tree. Revenge does not work because you will meet them again next life. Pray from your heart and focus on healing and solving problems; these prayers will transform your own mind
If your prayer doesn’t happen? We must create the right conditions and state of mind. Dedication is also a prayer.. We have the capacity to change the world but we must pray with our whole heart and practice compassion.
* “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine” by Larry Dossey ISBN 978-006-2502513. Harper Collins, 1993. (Many reprints)