Shantideva and the bodhisattva way

ShantidevaBodhicaryavatara.

Perfection of Meditative Absorption.

90 At first one should meditate intently on the equality of oneself and others as follows: “All equally experience suffering and happiness. I should look after them as I do myself.”

91 Just as the body, with its many parts from division into hands and other limbs, should be protected as a single entity, so too should this entire world which is divided, but undivided in its nature to suffer and be happy.

94 I should dispel the suffering of others because it is suffering like my own suffering. I should help others too because of their nature as beings, which is like my own being.

95 When happiness is liked by me and others equally, what is so special about me that I strive after happiness only for myself.

96 When fear and suffering are disliked by me and others equally, what is so special about me that I protect myself and not the other?

114 In the same way that hands and other limbs are loved because they form part of the body, why are not embodied creatures not likewise loved because they form part of the universe?

120 Whoever wants to rescue quickly both himself and others should practice the supreme mystery: exchange of self and other.

128 By commanding another to one’s own end one attains positions of servitude, whereas by commanding oneself to the benefit of others one attains positions of power.

129 All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others.

130 Why say more? Observe this distinction: between the fool who longs for his own advantage and the sage who acts for the advantage of others.

135 If one does not let go of self one cannot let go of suffering, as one who does not let go of fire cannot let go of burning.

136 Therefore, in order to allay my own suffering and to allay the suffering of others, I devote myself to others and accept them as myself.

137 Hey Mind, make the resolve, “I am bound to others’! From now on you must have no other concern than the welfare of all beings.

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