Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Motivation





First Rays
Boudhanath
Kathmandu, Nepal 



2010,  
Full of ups and downs,
Smiles and frowns.
Challenges and struggles,
Overcome with hustle and muscle. 
Achievements and revelations
After much doubt and hesitation. 

2011,
No promises of stopping or quitting,
Just a wish to keep on kickin’ it. 
Enjoy the NOW with a renewed dedication,
Lay down the burden of heavy expectations.
When doubt and in need of inspiration,
Master Shantideva will be my motivation.

From "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" by 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 may the deaf hear sounds;
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all medicines be effective
And all wholesome prayers bear fruit.
May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments;
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.
May the frightened cease to be afraid,
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power,
Any may people think of benefiting each other.
For as long as space remains,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

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