May I be a protector for those without one,
A guide for all travelers on the way;
May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
For all who wish to cross the seas.
May I be an island for those who seek one
And a lamp for those desiring light,
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
And a servant for all who need service.
— Śāntideva, Bodhicaryāvatāra 3.17–18
translation by S. Batchelor