27 March 2010

The Way of the Bodhisattva

All those who slight me to my face
Or do to me some other evil,
Even if they blame or slander me,
May they attain the fortune of enlightenment!

May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to cross the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

—From The Way of the Bodhisattva

This quote is from the back cover of "The Way of the Bodhisattva" by Shantideva, Padmakara Translation Group, Shambala Press 2008, a book I recently checked out from the library.

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