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Shantideva

sngon chad ma byung ba yang 'dir brjod med/ /

sdeb sbyor mkhas pa'ang bdag la yod min te/ /

de phyir gzhan don bsam pa bdag la med/ /

rang gi yid la bsgom phyir ngas 'di brtsams/ /

There is nothing here that has not been said before, And I lack any skill in the art of composition.

Therefore I do not expect this to be of use to others,

And write it only as an exercise for my mind.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 2

 

dal 'byor 'di ni rnyed par shin tu dka'/ /

skyes bu'i don sgrub thob par gyur pa la/ /

gal te 'di la phan pa ma bsgrubs na/ /

phyis 'di yang dag 'byor par ga la 'gyur/ /

This free and well-favoured human form is difficult to obtain.

Now that you have the chance to realise the full human potential

If you don?t make good use of this opportunity,

How could you possibly expect to have such a chance again?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 4

 

ji ltar mtshan mo mun nag sprin rum na/ /

glog 'gyu skad cig bar snang ston pa ltar/ /

da bzhin sangs rgyas mthu yis brgya lam na/ /

'jig rten bsod nams blo gros thang 'ga' 'byung/ /

Like a flash of lightning on a dark and cloudy night,

Which sheds its brilliant light for just an instant,

Every now and then, through the buddhas? power,

A mind of virtue occurs briefly to people of the world.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 5

 

byang chub sems de mdor bsdus na/ /

rnam pa gnyis su shes bya ste/ /

byang chub smon pa'i sems dang ni/ /

byang chub 'jug pa nyid yin no/ /

Understand that, briefly stated,

Bodhicitta has two aspects:

The mind aspiring to awaken,

And actual application.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 15

 

'gro bar 'dod dang 'gro ba yi/ /

bye brag ji ltar shes pa ltar/ /

de bzhin mkhas pas 'di gnyis kyi/ /

bye brag rim bzhin shes par bya/ /

Just as one understands the difference

Between wishing to go and going on a journey,

The wise should understand these two,

Recognizing their difference and their order.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 16

 

sdug bsngal 'dor 'dod sems yod kyang/ /

sdug bsngal nyid la mngon par rgyug/ /

bde ba 'dod kyang gti mug pas/ /

rang gi bde ba dgra ltar 'joms/ /

Although seeking to avoid pain,

They run headlong into suffering.

They long for happiness, but foolishly

Destroy it, as if it were an enemy.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, I, 28

 

bdag ni mgon med rnams kyi mgon/ /

lam zhugs rnams kyi ded dpon dang/ /

brgal 'dod rnams kyi 'gru dang ni/ /

gzings dang zam pa nyid du gyur/ /

May I be a guard for those without one,

A guide for all who journey on the road,

May I become a boat, a raft or bridge,

For all who wish to cross the water.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, III, 18

 

gling don gnyer la gling dang ni/ /

mar me 'dod la mar me dang/ /

gnas mal 'dod la gnas mal dang/ /

bdag ni lus can bran 'dod pa/ /

kun gyi bran du gyur bar shog /

May I be an isle for those desiring landfall,

And a lamp for those who wish for light,

May I be a bed for those who need to rest,

And a servant for all who live in need.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, III, 19

 

yid bzhin nor dang 'bum pa bzang/ /

rig sngags grub dang sman chen dang/ /

dpag bsam gyi ni shing dag dang/ /

lus can rnams kyi 'dod 'jor gyur/ /

May I become a wishing jewel, a magic vase,

A powerful mantra and a medicine of wonder,

May I be a tree of miracles granting every wish,

And a cow of plenty sustaining all the world.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, III, 20

 

skad cig gcig pa'i sdig pas kyang/ /

bskal par mnar med gnas 'gyur na/ /

thog med 'khor bar bsags sdig gis/ /

bde 'gror mi 'gro smos ci dgos/ /

If a single moment?s negativity,

Can lead to an aeon in the Av?ci hell,

Then with all our harmful acts accumulated in sams?ra without beginning,

What chance is there of going to the higher realms?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, IV, 21

 

kun nas dran pa'i thag pa yis/ /

sems kyi glang po dam btags na/ /

'jigs pa thams cad med 'gyur zhing/ /

dge ba thams cad lag tu 'ong/ /

If, with the rope of mindfulness,

You bind firm the elephant of the mind,

You will let go of every fear

And find virtue close at hand.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, V, 3

 

sa steng 'di dag kos g.yog tu/ /

de snyed ko bas ga la lang/ /

lham mthil tsam gyi ko bas ni/ /

sa steng thams cad g.yogs dang 'dra/ /

Where would I find enough leather

To cover the entire surface of the earth?

But with leather soles beneath my feet,

It?s as if the whole world had been covered.

Engaging in Bodhisattva Conduct, V, 13

 

'jigs dang dga' ston sogs 'brel bar/ /

gal te mi nus ci bder bya/ /

'di ltar sbyin pa'i dus dag tu/ /

tshul khrims btang snyoms bya bar gsungs/ /

In fearful situations or during celebrations,

If I am not able to concentrate like this,

I may relax, because in times of generosity,

Discipline may be suspended, it is said.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, V, 42

 

mig gis sems can lta na yang/ /

'di dag ni la brten nas bdag/ /

sangs rgyas nyid du 'gyur ro zhes/ /

drang zhing byams pa'i tshul gyis blta/ /

Whenever I catch sight of others,

By thinking, ?It is through them,

That I will reach awakening?,

I?ll look with sincerity and love.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, V, 80

 

rgyal sras rnams kyis mi bslab pa/ /

de ni gang yang yod min te/ /

de ltar gnas pa'i mkhas pa la/ /

bsod nams mi 'gyur gang yang med/ /

There is nothing whatsoever

A bodhisattva should not learn.

When one is skilful in all things,

Nothing can fail to be of merit.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, V, 100

 

bskal pa stong du bsags pa yi/ /

sbyin dang bde gshegs mchod la sogs/ /

legs spyad gang yin de kun kyang/ /

khong khro gcig gis 'joms par 'gyur/ /

All that you have accumulated over a thousand aeons?

Generosity, offerings to the buddhas and the like,

Whatever good you have done?all of it

Is destroyed in a single burst of anger.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VI, 1

 

zhe sdang lta bu'i sdig pa med/ /

bzod pa lta bu'i dka' thub med/ /

de bas bzod la nan tan du/ /

sna tshogs tshul gyis bsgom par bya/ /

There is no evil similar to anger,

And no discipline like patience,

Strive always therefore for tolerance,

Cultivating it in varied ways.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VI, 2

 

gal te bcos su yod na ni/ /

de la mi dgar ci zhig yod/ /
gal te bcos su med na ni/ /

de la mi dga' byas ci phan/ /

If a problem can be solved,

What reason is there to be upset?

If there is no possible solution,

What use is there in being sad?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VI, 10

 

goms na sla bar mi 'gyur ba'i/ /

dngos de gang yang yod ma yin/ /

There is nothing whatsoever

That does not grow easier with practice.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VI, 14

 

bsod nams kyis ni lus bde la/ /

mkhas pa yis ni sems bde na/ /

gzhan don 'khor bar gnas nas kyang/ /

snying rje can dag ci ste skyo/ /

When their bodies are well because of their merit,

And their minds are happy because of their wisdom,

Even if they stay on in sams?ra for the benefit of others,

How could the compassionate ones ever be despondent?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VII, 28

 

de bas skyo ngal kun sel ba'i/ /

byang chub sems kyi rta zhon nas/ /

bde nas bde bar 'gro ba la/ /

sems shes su zhig sgyid lug 'gyur/ /

Riding upon the horse of bodhicitta

That dispels all weariness and fatigue,

Who could ever feel depressed,

While travelling from joy to joy?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VII, 30

 

shi ba'i sbrul dang phrad gyur na/ /

khva yang kha lding lta bur spyod/ /

gal te bdag nyid nyam chung na/ /

ltung ba chung ngu'ang gnod par byed/ /

When they come upon a serpent near to death,

Even common crows behave like mighty eagles.

Likewise, if I am weak and faint of heart,

Even minor faults will become great setbacks.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VII, 52

 

zhi gnas rab tu ldan pa'i lhag mthong gis/ /

nyon mongs rnam par 'joms par shes byas nas/ /

thog mar zhi gnas btsal bya de yang ni/ /

'jig rten chags pa med la mngon dgas 'grub/ /

Knowing that the mind?s afflictions are overcome

Through penetrating insight suffused with stable calm,

You should first seek the peace of calm abiding,

Which is found in joy and non-attachment to the world.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 4

 

gang zhig bdag dang gzhan rnams ni/ /

myur du bskyab par 'dod pa des/ /

bdag dang gzhan du brje bya ba/ /

gsang ba'i dam pa spyad par bya/ /

Whoever wishes to quickly afford protection

To both himself and others

Should practise that most noble secret:

The exchanging of oneself for others.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 120

 

'jig rten bde ba ji snyed pa/ /

de kun gzhan bde 'dod las byung/ /

'jig rten sdug bsngal ji snyed pa/ /

de kun rang bde 'dod las byung/ /

Whatever joy there is in this world,

All comes from wanting others to be happy.

Whatever suffering there is in this world,

All comes from wanting oneself to be happy.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 129

 

mang du bshad lta ci zhig dgos/ /

byis pa rang gi don byed dang/ /

thub pa gzhan gyi don mdzad pa/ /

'di gnyis kyi ni khyad par ltos/ /

What need is there to say a whole lot more?

Buddhas work for the benefit of others,

Ordinary people work for the benefit of themselves,

And just look at the difference between them!

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 130

 

bdag bde gzhan gyi sdug bsngal dag/ /

yang dag brje ba ma byas na/ /

sangs rgyas nyid du mi 'grub cing/ /

'khor ba na yang bde ba med/ /

Unless I can give away my happiness

In exchange for others? suffering,

I will not attain the awakening I seek,

And even in sams?ra I?ll find no joy.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 131

 

'jig rten dag na 'tshe ba gang yod dang/ /

'jigs dang sdug bsngal ji snyed yod gyur pa/ /

de kun bdag tu 'dzin pa las byung na/ /

'dre chen des ko bdag la ci zhig bya/ /

If all the harms throughout the world,

And all its fears and sufferings,

All spring from clinging to a self,

What need have I for such a demon?

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, VIII, 134

 

yan lag 'di dag thams cad ni/ /

thub pas shes rab don du gsungs/ /

de yi phyir na sdug bsngal dag /

zhi bar 'dod pas shes rab bskyed/ /

All these different aspects of the teaching,

The Buddha taught for the sake of wisdom.

Therefore those who wish to pacify their ills

Should generate this wisdom in their minds.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, IX, 1

 

kun rdzob dang ni don dam ste/ /

'di gnyis bden pa gnyis su 'dod/ /

don dam blo yi spyod yul min/ /

blo ni kun rdzob yin par brjod/ /

The relative and the ultimate?

These, we claim, are the two truths.

The ultimate lies beyond the reach of mind,

For the ordinary mind is only relative.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, IX, 2

 

stong nyid bag chags goms pas ni/ /

dngos po'i bag chags spongs 'gyur zhing/ /

ci yang med ces goms pas ni/ /

de yang ci nas spong bar 'gyur/ /

Through cultivating familiarity with emptiness,

The habit of perceiving real entities will fade.

By training in the view that nothing?s real,

In time this view itself will also disappear.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, IX, 32

 

gang tshe dngos dang dngos med dag/ /

blo yi mdun na mi gnas pa/ /

de tshe rnam pa gzhan med pas/ /

dmigs pa med par rab tu zhi/ /

When the notions of real and unreal

Are absent from before the mind,

Then, there is no other possibility,

But to rest in total peace, beyond concepts.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, IX, 34

 

ji srid nam mkha' gnas pa dang/ /

'gro ba ji srid gnas gyur pa/ /

de srid bdag ni gnas gyur nas/ /

'gro ba'i sdug bsngal sel bar shog/ /

For as long as space abides,

And living beings endure,

For that long, may I too remain,

To dispel the sufferings of the world.

Engaging in the Conduct of a Bodhisattva, X, 55

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