There is a natural longing to reach into the limitless blue sky, to rise up. Everybody, no matter how burdened at present, will know what I am talking about here. It is part of our make up and what causes beings to ask fundamental questions like, "who am I"? "what's life for"? Children ask, teens ask, adults ask and sometimes an answer is heard. What makes the difference is the readiness to listen.
Adoration to all the Buddhas,
Adoration to the limitless Teaching,
Peace! Speak! Blaze! Up! Open!
To the glorious peaceful One,
For whom there is no disaster.
Hail! Hail! Hail!
I silently recite this verse when danger is imminent, for example when taking off or landing in a 'plane. As the engines roar, the rivets pop and oblivion seems inevitable, 'prayers is what you got left'.
For those who are taking to the skies in the next few days, have a good and safe flight.