Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a Buddhist quote...


May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
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.

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 of service.

May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,
A word of power, and the supreme remedy.
May I be the trees of miracles,
And for every being, the abundant cow.

Like the great earth and the other elements,
Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For the boundless multitude of living beings,
May I be the ground and vessel of their life.

Thus, for every single thing that lives,
In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,
May I be their sustenance and nourishment
Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering.

--from A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
by Shantideva, Indian Buddhist Teacher, 8th Century AD

Yep, I'm driving (slowly) up Montreat Rd.


Or downhill...

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Thanks for making this a more personal connection by saying what you think. I'll post your comments for others to see soon!