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Blessing for a (as yet unborn) new baby

On Saturday I performed a blessing for my friend's unborn born baby. Although it is her second child, she is very anxious about the birth and one of her friend's suggested she should have a 'motherhood blessing.' This turned out to be just a party, but I volunteer to give a Buddhist blessing.

Sujatin was extremely helpful and gave me her notes from a baby naming ceremony she had performed some time ago. I have copied the poem I read for you blow. 

Namo Amida Bu

On Children
Kahlil Gibran


Your children are not your children. 

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. 

They come through you but not from you, 

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. 

For they have their own thoughts. 

You may house their bodies but not their souls, 

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
 which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. 

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. 

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. 

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. 

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. 

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; 

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable. 

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Comment by Satyavani Robyn on July 13, 2016 at 9:08

Lovely poem. So glad you could do this - these rituals can hold such concentrated meaning for those involved and for all those present. Namo Amida Bu. 

Comment by Andrew on July 12, 2016 at 22:25
Very beautiful poem and so true.

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