Paul Williams points out in the General Introduction to Crosby and Skilton’s translation of The Bodhicaryāvatāra , that “to heed so many of Śāntideva’s wonderful verses” requires only “that one is human, living an ordinary human life.” Śāntideva’s ends the Dedication chapter with verses 57 and 58 which make clear the fact that the path laid out is accessible to all that are willing to dedicate themselves.

57. The sole medicine for the ailments of the world, the mine of success and happiness, let the Dispensation long endure, attended by support and honor.

58. I bow down to Mañjughosa through whose inspiration my mind turns to good. I honor the spirtitual friend through whose inspiration grows strong.

The opportunity of simply being human is revealed as exceptional. The privilege to participate is extraordinary. And everywhere you cast your gaze, you will find inspiration.

This fellow was limping badly, but nearly ran to feed these strays in the toughest part of the Bronx.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Ro. I love the thought that the only prerequisite to reading Śāntideva’s verses and setting oneself on the Bodhisattva path is to be human. This idea really highlights the compassion espoused by Buddhism as we need not be perfect nor special to be welcomed into this world.

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