Prayers for Other Faiths

Jewish Prayer Before Surgery

Adonai, You are with me in my moments of strength and of weakness. You know the trembling of my heart as the turning point draws near.

Grant wisdom and skill to the mind and hands of those who will operate on me, and those who assist them. Grant that I may return to fullness of life and wholeness of strength, not for my sake alone but for those about me. Enable me to complete my days on earth with dignity and purpose. May I awaken to know the breadth of Your healing power, now and evermore.

My spirit I commend to You, my body, too, and all I prize; both when I sleep and when I wake, You are with me; I shall not fear.

Islam Prayer to Allah

My Allah, our God give us goods in this world and goods in the hereafter and guard us from the torment of fire Our God, forgive me, my parents, and the believers the Day we shall be held accountable.

Hindu Prayer for Peace

O God, lead us from the unreal to the real.

O God, lead us from darkness to light.

O God, lead us from death to immortality.

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.

May there be peace in celestial regions.

May there be peace on earth.

May the waters be appeasing.

May herbs be wholesome and may trees and plants bring peace to all.

May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.

May all things be a source of peace to us.

And may Thy peace itself bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me.

Native American Prayer to Great Spirit

O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me! I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

American Indian, Lakota, Chief Yellow Lark, 1887

Buddhist Prayer for End of Life

By this virtue (reciting this prayer), at the instant of death, may you take rebirth in Tushita (a heavenly realm).  May you meet the limit-less Bodhisattvas and be cared for by Maitreya, our supreme refuge.

Through the fire of great love, the wood of hatred is burnt.

Through the light of pristine awareness, the darkness of ignorance is dispelled. To the Regent of the Dharma (Maitreya Buddha) abiding in Tushita, I prostrate.