A Buddhist Journal

September 12, 2006

8 Great Thoughts from a Great Person

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Through the power of the compassionate Truth of the Supreme Refuges and   
through the root of virtuous action, and through pure noble meditation,    
may I alone, by my own efforts, dispel the sufferings, whatever they may be,    
of all beings, who pervade space.     

Through the excellence of virtuous activity in this world and beyond it,    
may I fulfill the hopes and desires of beings just as they conceive them.   

May my body, flesh, blood, skin, and all the rest of me benefit all sentient     
beings in appropriate ways.     

May the sufferings of all beings, who all have been my mothers, dissolve into me;    
may my happiness and virtue be obtained by them.     
As long as the world remains, may there not arise in my mind, even for an instant,    
the thought of harming others.   

May I exert myself diligently in benefiting beings,
not letting up for even a moment because of sadness or fatigue or anything similar.   

May I be able to give effortlessly whatever enjoyment is desired to all beings    
who are thirsty and hungry and needy and poor.  

May I take upon myself the great burdens, the difficult-to-bear sufferings of beings    
in hell and others, and may they be liberated.   

From: Aspiration of Karma Rangjung Kunchab [Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche]   


Bodhichitta –

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Bodhichitta: An attitude of compassion towards other beings   
that can be aroused through contemplation and meditation.


On Bodhicitta, The Compassionate Heart of the Enlightened Mind   

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.                  
~ from Bodhisattvacharya Avatara by Shantideva (700 CE)        

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