Quote Archives: Shantideva

First I shall examine my mind ~ Shantideva

Whenever I wish to move, Or to speak, First I shall examine my mind, And firmly act in a suitable way. Whenever my mind becomes attached, Or angry, I shall not act, nor shall I speak. I shall remain like a piece of wood. Shantideva

But in Their Ignorance ~ Shantideva

Beings long to free themselves from misery, But misery itself they race to catch. They long for joy, but in their ignorance, Destroy it, as they would a hated enemy. Shantideva

Should I serve my defiled emotions ~ Shantideva

All other foes that I appease and wait upon, Will show me favors, give me every aid. But should I serve my dark, defiled emotions, They will only harm me, draw me down to grief. Shantideva

Forervermore ~ Shantideva

All other virtues are like the plantain tree: They bear their fruit, and then they are no more. Yet constantly the marvellous tree of bodhicitta Yields fruit and, undiminished, grows forevermore. Shantideva

Source of joy and suffering ~ Shantideva

Whatever joy there is in this world All comes from desiring others to be happy, And whatever suffering there is in this world All comes from desiring myself to be happy. Shantideva

Our pain is self-inflicted ~ Shantideva

We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes. We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted! Why should others be the object of our anger? Shantideva

Not be seen again ~ Shantideva

My foes will become nothing. My friends will become nothing. I, too, will become nothing. Likewise, all will become nothing. Just like a dream experience, Whatever things I enjoy Will become a memory. Whatever has passed will not be seen again. Shantideva