1. With joy I celebrate, the virtue that relieves all beings. From this sorrows of the states of loss, and places those who languish in the realms of bliss.
2. And I rejoice in virtue that creates the 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 stages of the buddhas’ offspring.
4. The intention, ocean of great good, that seeks to place all beings in the state of bliss, and every action for the benefit of all: 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 suffering!
6. I join my hands, beseeching the enlightened ones, who wish to pass beyond the bonds of sorrow: Do not leave us in our ignorance; remain among us for unnumbered ages!
7. And through these actions now performed, by all the virtue I have just amassed, 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 the thirst and famine. And in the ages 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 away withholding nothing, to bring about the benefit of beings.
12. Nirvana is attained by giving all, nirvana the objective of my striving, everything therefore must be abandoned, and it is best to give it all to others.
13. This body I have given up, to serve the pleasure of all living beings. Let them kill and beat and slander it, and do to it whatever they desire.
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 – there’s no use, now, to make so much of it.
15. And so let beings do to me, whatever does not bring them injury. Whenever they catch sight of me, let this not fail to bring them benefit.
16. If those who see me entertain, a thought of anger or devotion, may these states supply the cause, whereby their good and wishes are fulfilled.
17. 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!
18. May I be a guard for those who are protector less, 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.
19. 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 their slave.
20. May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty; a word of power and the supreme healing. May I be the tree of miracles, and for every being the abundant cow.
21. Like the earth and the pervading elements, enduring as the sky itself endures, for boundless multitude of living beings, may I be their ground and sustenance.
22. Thus for every thing that lives, as far as are the limits of the sky, May I provide their livelihood and nourishment until they pass beyond the bonds of suffering.
23. Just as all the buddhas of the past embraced the awakened attitude of mind, and in the precepts of the bodhisattvas, step by step abode and trained.
24. Just so, and for the benefit of beings, I will also have this attitude of mind, and in those precepts, step by step, I will abide and train myself.
25. That this most pure and spotless state of mind, might be embraced and constantly increase, the prudent who have cultivated it, should praise it highly in such words 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 buddha’s child and heir.
27. In every way, then, I will undertake. Activities befitting suck 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 within a mound of filth. Exactly so, as if by some strange chance, the enlightened mind has come to birth in me.
29. This is the 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 wishing tree bestowing rest. On those who wander wearily the pathways of existence.
31. It is the universal vehicle 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 a mighty sun that utterly dispels, the gloom and ignorance of wandering beings. The creamy butter, rich and full, all 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 ceaseless wanderers, is your fulfillment!
34. And so, within the sight of all protectors, I summon every being, calling them to buddhahood – and till that state is reached, to every earthly joy! May gods and demigods, and all the rest, rejoice!”
~ The Way of The Bodhisattva ~