September 18, 2011 Comments Off on Self-Giving
Through this goodness may omniscience be attained
Thereby may every mental defilement be overcome
May beings be liberated from the ocean of samsara
Which is troubled by waves of birth, ageing, sickness and death.
Precious Bodhicitta, may it arise in whom it has not arisen.
Where it has arisen, may it never deteriorate but progress,
even more and more.
May I become food and drink in the eons of famine for
those poverty-stricken suffers.
May I be a doctor, medicine and nurse for all sick beings in the world until
everyone is cured.
May I become never-ending wish-fulfilling treasures
materialising in front of each of them as all the enjoyments they need.
May I be a guide for those who do not have a guide, a leader for those who
journey, a boat for those who want to cross over, and all sorts of ships,
bridges, beautiful parks for those who desire them, and light for those who
And may I become beds for those who need a rest, and a servant
to all who need servants.
May I also become the basic conditions for all sentient beings, such as earth
or even the sky, which is indestructible.
May I always be the living conditions for all sentient beings until all
sentient beings are enlightened.”
While their evil ripens in me, may all my virtue ripen in
~ Shantideva, 8th-century CE.