May I be a protector to those without protection
a leader for those who journey
and a boat, a bridge, a passage
for those desiring the further shore.
May the pain of every living creature
be completely cleared away.
May I be the doctor, the medicine
and may I be the nurse
for all the sick beings in the world
until everyone is healed.
Just like space
and the great elements such as earth,
may I always support the life
of all boundless creatures.
And until they pass away from pain
may I also be a source of life
for all the realms of varied beings
that reach unto the ends of space.
From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
The Moment of Dawn
There are of course numerous rabbinic discussions about determining the precise moment of dawn.
How do you know when night is over and a new day
One Talmud student said, “You know it is a new day when, at ten meters, you can tell the difference between a fig tree and an olive tree.”
The other Talmud student disagreed and said,” You know it is a new day when, at ten meters, you can tell the difference between a sheep and a goat.”
So they went to ask their rabbi.
The rabbi answered them,
“When, at a distance of ten meters, you can see a man and know whether he is a
Jewish Israeli or a Palestinian Israeli and still call him brother,
or see a woman and know whether her skin is black, white or brown and, in all cases call her sister, then you know the night has ended and a new day has
May this be the fruit of all our prayers.