If there were a truly existent I, It would make sense to be afraid of certain things; But, since there is no truly existent I, Who is there to be afraid?
The hostile multitudes are vast as spaceWhat chance is there that all should be subdued? Let but this angry mind be overthrownAnd every foe is then and there destroyed
One should do nothing other than what is directly or indirectly of benefit to living beings.
As long as space abides and as long as the world abides, so long may I abide, destroying the sufferings of the world.
What need is there to say more? The childish work for their own benefit, The Buddhas work for the benefit of others. Just look at the difference between them.
While others are engaged in inferior and menial tasks in which they encounter many difficulties, how can I sit here at peace and do nothing? I must and shall benefit them, but without ever succumbing to the poison of self-importance.
Those desiring to escape from suffering hasten right toward suffering. With the very desire for happiness, out of delusion they destroy their own happiness as if it were an enemy
That which is seen and that which is touched are of a dream-like and illusion-like nature. Because feeling arises together with the mind, it is not [ultimately] perceived.
Others are my main concern. When I notice something of mine, I steal it and give it to others.
Just as I defend myself, therefore, From all unpleasant happenings however small, Likewise, I shall act for others' sake To guard and to protect them with compassion.
All those who slight me to my face,Or do me any other evil,Even if they blame or slander me,May they attain the fortune of enlightenment!
In joy and sorrow all are equal, Thus be guardian of all, as of yourself.
Passion is overcome only by him who has won through stillness of spirit the perfect vision; it comes through the contentment that is regardless of the world.
Examine thus yourself from every side.Note harmful thoughts and every futile striving.Thus it is that heroes in the bodhisattva pathApply the remedies to keep a steady mind.
How wonderful will it be when all beings experience each other as limbs on the one body of life.
In the ages marked by scarcity and want, may I myself appear as drink and sustenance.
All the joy the world containsHas come through wishing happiness for others.All the misery the world containsHas come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
May those whose hell it is to hate and hurt be turned into lovers bringing flowers.
Self-confidence should be applied to wholesome actions, Overcoming of delusions and my ability to overcome them. Thinking, 'I alone shall do it' Is the self-confidence of action.
Penetrative insight joined with calm abiding utterly eradicates afflicted states.
There is nothing to fear other than my mind.
There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like patience.
The source of all happiness lies in thinking of others.
How much suffering and fear, and How many harmful things are in existence? If all arises from clinging to the "I", What should I do with this great demon?
May the pain of every living creature be completely cleared away. May I be the doctor and the medicine and may I be the nurse for all sick beings in the world until everyone is healed.
May I be like 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.
My body, thus, and all my good besides, And all my merits gained and to be gained, I give them all away withholding nothing To bring about the benefit of beings.
May I become at all times, both now and forever: a protector for those without protection; a guide for those who have lost their way; a ship for those with oceans to cross; a bridge for those with rivers to cross; a sanctuary for those in danger; a lamp for those without light; a place of refuge for
All the harm, fear, and suffering in the world are caused by attachment to the self: Why should I hold on to this great demon?
Why be unhappy about something if it can be remedied? And what is the use of being unhappy about something if it cannot be remedied?