Francis Story

Prayer and Worship

Prayer and Worship

Prayer is a vehicle of desire, and desire is wedded to the deceptive idea of selfhood. The only safe wish is the wish to attain Nibbāna, the wish to strip away all desire and all delusion connected with desire.

When that wish is fulfilled there is nothing left to wish for, and the weary round is over.

And because prayer, whether it is effective or not, does not tend towards the attrition of desire nor to the uprooting of the delusion of self, it has no importance in the Noble Discipline of the Buddha.

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About Francis Story

Francis Story (also known ans Anagarika Sugatananda,1910-1972) was born in England in 1910 and became acquainted with Buddhist teachings early in life.

For 25 years he lived in Asian countries — India, Burma, and Sri Lanka — where he deeply studied the Buddhist philosophy of life. With that background and endowed with a keen analytical mind, he produced a considerable body of writings, collected and published in three volumes by the Buddhist Publication Society.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276