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May I be 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.

May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall,
And a lamp for those who long for light;
For those who need a resting place, a bed;
For all who need a servant, may I be their slave.

May the pain of every living creature be completely cleared away.
May I be the doctor and the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For all sick beings in the world until everyone is healed.

May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,
A word of power and the supreme healing;
May I be the tree of miracles,
And for every being the abundant cow.

Like the earth and the pervading elements,
Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For boundless multitudes of living beings,
May I be their grounds and sustenance.

Thus for everything that lives,
As far as are the limits of the sky,
May I provide their livelihood and nourishment
Until they pass beyond the bonds of suffering.

Shantideva's Bodhisattva Vow

Seven Techniques of the Mahayana: Cause and Effect of Bodhicitta

The first one is to think of all sentient beings as mother.
The second is to remember the kindness of mothers.
The third is repaying the kindness of mothers.
The fourth is to try to learn how to love.
The fifth is great compassion.
The sixth is supreme thought.
The seventh is the effect of bodhicitta.

H.H. Zong Rinpoche — Lam Rim