The Bodhisattva Path
May I assist all sentient beings to attain Buddhahood,
and may I be the last one to attain Buddhahood
when all sentient beings have attained Buddhahood.
May I be a guard for all those who are protectorless.
A guide for all those who journey on the road,
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge,
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.
It is the supreme elixir that overcomes the sovereignty of death.
It is the inexhaustible treasure that eliminates poverty in the world.
It is the supreme medicine that quells the world's disease.
It is the tree that shelters all beings wandering and tired on the path of conditioned existence.
It is the universal bridge that leads to freedom from unhappy states of birth.
It is the dawning moon of the mind that dispels the torment of disturbing conceptions.
It is the great sun that finally removes the misty ignorance of the world.
(excerpt from Bodhisattvacharyavatara – Shantideva 700 CE)