Quote Archives: Shantideva

Training ~ Shantideva

There’s nothing that does not grow light Through habit and familiarity. Putting up with little cares I’ll train myself to bear with great adversity. Shantideva

Precious human life ~ Shantideva

So hard to find such ease and wealth Whereby to render meaningful this human birth! If now I fail to turn it to my profit, How could such a chance be mine again? Shantideva

Dedication ~ Shantideva

May all beings everywhere Plagued by sufferings of body and mind Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy By virtue of my merits. May no living creature suffer, Commit evil or ever fall ill. May no one be afraid or belittled, With a mind weighed down by depression. May the blind see forms, And the […]

Artificial like the mirror image ~ Shantideva

What arises through the meeting of conditions And ceases to exist when these are lacking, Is artificial like the mirror image; How can true existence be ascribed to it? Shantideva

Doing nothing other than benefiting ~ Shantideva

One should do nothing other than what is directly or indirectly of benefit to living beings. Shantideva

From then on ~ Shantideva

From the moment we genuinely take up This irreversible attitude — The mind that aspires to liberate entirely The infinite realms of beings, From then on, even while asleep, Or during moments of inattention, A plentiful, unceasing force of merit Will arise, equal to the vastness of the sky. Shantideva

Such is bodhicitta ~ Shantideva

Those who wish to crush the many sorrows of existence, Who wish to quell the pain of living beings, Who wish to have experience of a myriad joys Should never turn away from bodhichitta. Should bodhichitta come to birth In those who suffer, chained in prisons of samsara, In that instant they are called the […]