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Dedication of Merit (2:38)

May every living being,
Our minds as one and radiant with light,
Share the fruits of peace,
With hearts of goodness, luminous and bright.
If people hear and see,
How hands and hearts can find in giving, unity,
May their minds awake,
To Great Compassion, wisdom and to joy.
May kindness find reward,
May all who sorrow leave their grief and pain;
May this boundless light,
Break the darkness of their endless night.
Because our hearts are one
This world of pain turns into Paradise
May all become compassionate and wise,
May all become compassionate and wise.

© Rev. Heng Sure 2005 All Rights Reserved
Music: Loreena McKennit: "The Dark Night of the Soul."
from the Quinlan Road CD The Mask and Mirror.
Published by Quinlan Road Music Ltd (SOCAN/BMI).
www.quinlanroad.com
Lyrics: Traditional Buddhist hymn, translated
from the Chinese by Rev. Heng Sure and Bhikshu Heng Lyu

 

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This song was composed at Our Lady of Grace Benedictine Convent, in Beech Grove, Indiana, eight days after the World Trade Center towers fell in New York. The song has a healing quality and has been adopted by religious communities -- Buddhist, Catholic and Protestant -- around the world.

 


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