Aspirations

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

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