Shantideva

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, and buddhism

For sentient beings, poor and destitute,
May I become a treasure ever plentiful,
And lie before them closely in their reach,
A varied source of all that they might need.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 50

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, and buddhism

And so let beings do to me
Whatever does not bring them injury.
Whenever they catch sight of me,
Let this not fail to bring them benefit.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 51

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, and buddhism

May I be like a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 51

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, buddhism, and suffering

Suffering also has its worth.
Through sorrow, pride is driven out
And pity felt for those who wander in samsara;
Evil is avoided, goodness seems delightful.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 81

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on awakening, miracles, consciousness, immortality, compassion, kindness, and dharma

 

As a blind man feels when he finds a pearl in a dustbin, so am I amazed by the miracles of awakening rising in my consciousness. It is the nectar of immortality that delivers us from death, the treasure that lifts us from death, the treasure that lifts us above poverty into the wealth of giving to life, the tree that gives shade to us when we roam about scorched by life, the bridge that takes us across the stormy river of life, the cool moon of compassion that calms our mind when it is agitated, the fun that dispels darkness, the butter made from the milk of kindness by churning it with the dharma. It is a feast of joy to which all are invited.

Shantideva

Source: adapted from the Bodhicharyavatara

Contributed by: Antara

A Quote by Shantideva on shantideva and bodhicharyavatara

All that I possess and use
Is like the fleeting vision of a dream.
It fades into the realms of memory;
And fading, will be seen no more.

Nothing that has passed can be regained.

- Shantideva, The Bodhicharyavatara (2.36-39)

Shantideva

Source: The Bodhicharyavatara

Contributed by: Harper

A Quote by Shantideva on buddhism, suffering, ego, self, and anatta

How much suffering and fear, and
How many harmful things are in existence?
If all arises from clinging to the "I",
What should I do with this great demon?

Shantideva

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Shantideva

Exchanging Self and Other

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 187

Contributed by: Michael

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