A Prayer for Peace
by RadioTeam   
Monday, 30 January 2006

 Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama - December 28, 2005

"I am very happy to know that on the last day of the year a mandala of light and prayers for peace will be offered at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture in Auroville.
It is easy simply to pray for peace without doing much to bring it about, but I feel that such prayers will be both more effective and more fulfilling when combined with the simple practice of offering light. This is a longstanding Buddhist tradition said to give rise to many benefits that include enhancing the wisdom being able to distinguish what is right from what is wrong and eliminating the darkness of ignorance, which is equated with the misconception of inherent existence. It is further said that as a result of offering light, even while turning in the cycle of existence we will always find illumination and we will eventually become a light for the world.
Another explanation equates offering light to the stability and clarity of patience. We cannot practise patience without wisdom and compassion, which is why it also contributes to overcoming ignorance. Patience that is compared to light does not denote weakness, but rather strength of mind, the clear, stable nature of the mind that is not disturbed by other forces. Such patience has great qualities, like the clarity that knows what is to be done, what is necessary and what is not necessary.
Finally, it is easy to see that light has a pervasive and uplifting quality. Therefore, I pray that as this year gives way to the next, due to the merit generated by your offerings and prayers on this occasion, the light of peace may shine clearly throughout the world."

- THE DALAI LAMA (signed)