Bodhisatva Vow

 

O sublime and precious bodhichitta, May it arise in those in whom it has not arisen;

May it never decline where it has arisen, But go on increasing, further and further!

 
 
 

All you buddhas who dwell in the ten directions

All you great bodhisattvas on the ten levels,

All you great teachers, the vajra-holders,

Turn your mind towards me, I pray!

 

And then take the vows of aspiration and action simultaneously, by reciting the following verses three times:

 

23. Just as the sugatas of former times

Aroused the bodhicitta

And established themselves by stages

In the training of a bodhisattva,

 

24. Just so, for the benefit of beings

I will arouse bodhicitta

And likewise I will train

Progressively in those disciplines.

 

 

 

26. Today, my birth has been fruitful

I have well obtained a human existence.

Today I am born into the family of the buddhas:

I have become a son or daughter of the buddhas.

 

27. From now on, at all costs, I will perform

The actions befitting to my family.

I will not be a stain

On this faultless noble family.

 

28. Just like a blind person

Happening upon a priceless jewel in a heap of rubbish,

So, through some fortunate coincidence,

The bodhicitta has been born in me.

 

29. This is the perfect nectar of immortality,

Through which the Lord of Death is overcome.

It is an inexhaustible treasury of wealth,

To dispel the poverty of all who live.

 

30. It is the very best of medicines

That heals the sickness of the world,

And the tree that shelters all who wander

Wearily along the pathways of existence.

 

31. It is the universal bridge to freedom,

Leading us all from the lower realms,

And it is a rising moon within the mind,

To cool the passions of all living beings.

 

32. It is the mighty sun whose light dispels

The darkness of ignorance in our minds.

And it is the very purest form of butter

Churned from the milk of sacred Dharma.

 

33. For beings travelling life’s pathways,

And seeking to taste its greatest joys,

This will satisfy their eternal wanderings,

By granting them the highest form of bliss.

 

34. Today, in the presence of all the protectors,

I  invite all beings to the state of sugata,

And,  meanwhile, to happiness and bliss:

Gods, asuras and others—rejoice!

 

After this, the following aspiration prayer in a single verse can also be recited:

O sublime and precious bodhichitta,

May it arise in those in whom it has not arisen;

May it never decline where it has arisen,

But go on increasing, further and further!

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