As I develop the awakening mind I praise the Buddha as they shine I bow before you as I travel my path To join your ranks, I make my full time task.
For the sake of all beings I seek The enlightened mind I know I'll reap Respect to Shantideva and all the others Who brought the dharma for sisters and brothers.
I give thanks for this world as a place to learn And for this human body I know I've earned And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings Without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing.
There's nothing here that's not been said before But I put it down now so I'll be sure To solidify my own views and I'll be glad if it helps Anyone else out too.
If others disrespect me or give me flack I'll stop and think before I react Knowing they're going through insecure stages I'll take the opportunity to exercise patience.
I'll see it as a chance to help the other person Nip it in the bud before it can worsen A change for me to be strong and sure As I think on the Buddhas who have come before.
As I praise and respect the good they've done Knowing only love can conquer in every situation We need other people in order to create The circumstances for the learning we're here to generate.
Situations that bring up our deepest fears So we can work to release them until they're cleared Therefore, it only makes sense To thank our enemies despite their intent.
The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength A strength from within to go the length Seeing others are as important as myself I strive for a happiness of mental wealth.
With the interconnection we share as one Every action we take affects everyone So in deciding for what a situation calls There is a path for the good for all.
I try to make every action for the highest good With the altruistic wish to achieve Buddha-hood So I pledge here before everyone who's listening To try to make my action for the good of all beings.
For the rest of my lifetimes and even beyond I vow to do my best to do no harm And in times of doubt I can think on the dharma And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara.