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Prayer for Universal Love and Wisdom, by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Image above: Robert B. Livingston was the co-editor and participant in the discussions which formed the book, ‘Buddhism Meets Neuroscience: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Spiritual and Scientific Views of Our Minds’ (Shambhala Publications, 2018)

Prayer for Universal Love and Wisdom:

A Personal Dedication to Robert B. Livingstone,

by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos

[Seal of the Official Office of the Dalai Lama (Image):]

Tibetan text:

ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་གྲོགས་དང་བཅས་པའི་བྱམས་བརྩེས་རང་གཞན་མཐའ་དག་ཀུན་ཏུ་བདེ་བར་གྱུར་ཅིག ཤཱཀྱའི་དགེ་སློང་ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ། བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། ༨༩/༡༢/༢༧

Wylie Roman transliteration:

shes rab kyi grogs dang bcas pa’i byams brtses rang bzhan mtha’ dag tu kun tu bde bar gyur cig/ shaakya’i dge slong taa la’i bla ma/ bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho/ 89/12/27

New English translation (based on the handwritten text):

May self and others, in their entirety, be universally benefited through gentle loving-kindness in alliance with discerning insight (prajñā).


The fully-ordained monk (bhikṣu) of the Śākya (Buddhist) tradition, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 89/12/27 (December 27th, 1989).

To Robert B. Livingston

Original English translation (provided below the handwritten text):

May all sentient beings,

oneself and others, find constant happiness through

love and compassion associated with wisdom.

–Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

December 27th, 1989

(To) Robert B. Livingston

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