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AussieDeafMan's Diary

13 Mar 2001 - Bodhicitta Prayer
Today I ran across an English translation of this short Buddhist chant. Although it does not stem from the practice of Zen or Chan, it left a significant imprint on me as the day went by.

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

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

May I be the wishing jem, the vase of plenty,
A word of power, and the supreme remedy.
May I be the trees of miracles,
And for every being, the abundant cow.

Like the great earth and the other elements,
Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For the boundless multitude of living beings,
May I be the ground and vessel of their life.

Thus for every single thing that lives,
In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,
May I be their sustenance and nourishment
Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering.

Just as you, who in the past have gone to bliss
Conceived the awakened attitude of mind,
Likewise for the benefit of beings
Do I generate this same attitude.

(Seven-branch prayer embracing Bodhicitta)"

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