At this time when the difficult-to-gain ship of leisure and fortune has been obtained, ceaselessly hearing, pondering and meditating day and night in order to liberate oneself and others from the ocean of cyclic existence to the Bodhisattvas’ practice.
A bodhisattva’s practice is, at this time when we have obtained
The great ship (of a human rebirth) with respites and enrichments,
difficult to find,
To listen, think, and meditate unwaveringly, day and night,
In order to free ourselves and others from the ocean
of uncontrollably recurring samsara.
— translated by Alexander Berzin, March 2006 Original version published in His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Four Essential Buddhist Commentaries Dharamsala, India: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1983.
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(Bodhisattva — In Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone…)
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