“Beginning with an attitude
Of love for all living creatures,
Consider beings, excluding none,
Suffering in the three bad rebirths,
Suffering birth, death and so forth.
Then, since you want to free these beings
From the suffering of pain,
From suffering and the cause of suffering,
Arouse immutably the resolve
To attain enlightenment.”
From Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment by Jowo Je Atisha
As translated in: The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment by Atisha Dipamkarashrijnana, translated by Ruth Sonam, is included in Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnanas’ “A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” and Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s “Lines of Experience” by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holines the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa. Produced by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives for Thubten Dhargye Ling Publications. PDF available from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
Photo: His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives for the first day of the 2013 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings, Sera Monastery, Bylakuppe, India, 25 December 2013, © Rio Helmi/JLTOC