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Why do we pray?

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:56 pm
by yosomolo
I want to create a new discussion here. Something that would help to benefit everyone who reads this.

The question I pose is this:

Why do we pray?

A very open ended question but there are no wrong answers.

Lets discuss on this :namaste:

Re: Why do we pray?

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:04 pm
by Vasana
Because praying is a kind of aspiration. It can bring hope, inspiration and encouragement and so on aswell as helping to reaffirm positive inclinations towards conditioned and unconditioned virtue of body, speech and mind.

Aspiration is one of the 10 paramitas found in the Ten stages Sutra and is also a skillfull activity in Mahayana too.

Prayer is in one way of re/setting of our spiritual direction and trajectory.

Re: Why do we pray?

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:09 pm
by Sentient Light
Prayer is a means of cultivating certain qualities of mind -- like compassion, altruism, resolve, humility, etc. -- which is capable of resulting in a radical transformation of the mind when practiced diligently with right view.

Re: Why do we pray?

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:07 pm
by A Ah Sha Sa Ma Ha
yosomolo wrote:Why do we pray?
Because we are desperate...
and I'm talking about praying from the heart...
not prefabricated stuff, written by someone else...
gut wrenching prayers from a heart that longs to be ...
longs to be heard, from some unknown intelligence ...
longing to end the suffering that so many endure...
longing to end your own suffering...
we wish for some miracle...
or peace of mind...

Re: Why do we pray?

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:28 pm
by yosomolo
All very good answers!

This is my take on prayer

We pray because we suffer from Samsara, we are constantly in suffering and would like to find a way to end our suffering in the samsaric world.

We pray also because we care, we love ourselves and we don't want others to share the same fate as us. We pray because we care about other people and we don't want to suffer.

To care and to keep all sentient beings in our minds all the time is to practice mindfulness, to pray for all sentient beings is to find a means to end of the suffering that we all share and to find enlightenment together. To be the light in the moment of darkness. To be the one who becomes the one who liberates all sentient beings.

Prayer and praying is that what I feel.

What do you guys think? :namaste:

Re: Why do we pray?

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:11 am
by Fortyeightvows
this thread has a nice explanation:
http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=8894