The Buddhist Way V - The Way of the Bodhisattva - Ch 3, Taking Hold of Bodhichitta (1-34)



1.With joy I celebrate
The virtue that relieves all beings
From the sorrows of the states of loss,
Exalting in the happy states and joyed by those who yet are suffering.

2. I revel in the stores of virtue cause
Of gaining the enlightened state,
And celebrate the freedom won
By living beings from the round of pain.

3. And in the buddhahood of the protectors I delight
And in the grounds of realization of the buddhas' heirs.

4. Their enlightened attitude an ocean of great good,
That seeks to place all beings in the state of bliss,
And every action for the benefit of beings:
Such is my delight and all my joy.

5. And so I join my hands and pray
The buddhas who reside in every quarter:
Kindle now the Dharma's light
For those who grope, bewildered, in the dark of pain!

6. I join my hands, beseeching the enlightened ones
Who wish to pass into nirvana:
Do not leave us wandering in blindness;
Stay among us for unnumbered ages!

7. Through these actions now performed,
And all the virtues I have gained,
May all the pain of every living being
Be wholly scattered and destroyed!

8. For all those ailing in the world,
Until their every sickness has been healed,
May I myself become for them
The doctor, nurse, the medicine itself.

9. Raining down a flood of food and drink,
May I dispel the ills of thirst and famine.
And in the eons marked by scarcity and want,
May I myself appear as drink and sustenance.

10. For sentient beings, poor and destitute,
May I become a treasure ever plentiful,
And lie before them closely in their reach,
A varied source of all that they might need.

11. My body, thus, and all my goods besides,
And all my merits gained and to be gained,
I give them all and do not count the cost
To bring about the benefit of beings.

12. Nirvana is attained by giving all,
Nirvana is the object of my striving.
And all must be surrendered in a single instant,
Therefore, it is best to give it all to others.

13. This body I have now resigned
To serve the pleasure of all living beings.
Let them ever kill despise and beat it,
Using it according to their wish.

14. And though they treat it like a toy,
Or make of it the butt of every mockery,
My body has been given up to them-
Why should I make so much of it.

15. And so let beings do to me
Whatever does not bring them injury.
Whenever they may think of me,
Let this not fail to bring them benefit.

16. And if in my regard
They have a thought of anger or respect,
May these states always be the cause
Whereby their good and wishes are fulfilled.

17. 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!

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

19. May I be an isle for those who yearn for land,
And a lamp for those long for light;
for those who need a resting place a bed;
For those who need a servant, may I be their slave.

20. May I be a wishing jewel, the vase of wealth,
The word of power and the supreme healing;
May I be the tree of miracles,
For every being the abundant cow.

21. Just as the earth and space itself,
And all the other mighty elements, for
Boundless multitudes of beings, may I always
Be the ground of life, the source of varied sustenance

22. Thus for every thing that lives,
As far as are the limits of the sky,
May I constantly be their source of livelihood
Until they pass beyond all sorrow.

23. Just as all the buddhas of the past
Have brought forth the awakened mind,
And in the precepts of the bodhisattvas
Step by step abode and trained,

24. Likewise for the benefit of beings,
I will bring to birth the awakened mind,
And in those precepts, step by step,
I will abide and train myself.

25. This who thus with clear intelligence
Take hold of the awakened mind with bright and lucid joy,
That they may now increase what they have gained
Should lift their hearts with praises such as these:

26. "Today my life has given fruit.
This human state has now been well assumed.
Today I take my birth in Buddha's line,
And have become the buddhas' child and heir.

27. "In every way, then, I will undertake
Activities befitting such a rank.
And I will do no act to mar
Or compromise this high and faultless lineage.

28. "For I am like a blind man who has found
A precious gem inside a heap of dust.
For so it is by some strange chance,
That Bodhichitta has been born in me.

29. "This is the supreme draft of immortality,
That slays the Lord of Death, the slaughterer of beings,
The rich unfailing treasure-mine
To heal the poverty of wanderers.

30. "It is the sovereign remedy,
That perfectly allays all maladies.
It is the tree that gives relief
To those who wander wearily the pathways of existence.

31. "It is the universal bridge that saves
All wandering beings from the states of loss -
The rising moon of the enlightened mind
That soothes the sorrows born of the afflictions.

32. "It is the mighty sun that utterly dispels
The misty ignorance of wandering beings,
The creamy butter, rich and full,
That's churned from milk of holy Teaching.

33. "Living beings! Wayfarers upon life's paths,
Who wish to taste the riches of contentment,
Here before you is the supreme bliss-
Here, O ceaselss travelers, is your fulfillment!

34. "And so, today within the sight of all protectors,
I summon beings, calling them to buddhahood-
And till that state is reached, to every earthly joy!
May gods and demigods, and all the rest, rejoice!"

References
- The Way of the Bodhisattva
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