Verses from the "Bodhisattva's Way of Life"
Aspirations inspired by Bodhisattvas, the compassionate warriors who are dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.
May the supreme jewel of bodhicitta
That has not arisen, arise and grow.
And may that which has already arisen not diminish
But increase more and more.
May all beings everywhere
Plagued by the sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of these merits.
May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil, or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.
May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests.
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.
May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of benefiting each other.
For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain,
To dispel the miseries of this world.