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The Musings of a Long-time Student of Meditation

The Four Bodhisattva Vows

I first saw the Four Bodhisattva Vows as Stephen Gaskin presented them:

Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
The deluding passions are inexhaustible, I vow to extinguish them all.
The way of the Dharma is impossible to expound, I vow to expound it.
It is impossible to attain the way of the Buddha, I vow to attain it.


Since then, I've learned, recited, and chanting a variety of translations in different settings.  In my own daily practice I recite them silently at the end of morning meditation.  Over time, I have modified them occasionally for subtle or no apparent reasons: These days I usually recite them as:

Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to serve them.
Endless blind passions are inexhaustible, I vow to see through them.
The Dharma Gates are boundless, I vow to open them. 
The Way of Awakening is unsurpassable, 
Together, with and for all sentient beings,
I vow to embody it.

If interested, you can surf around to a number of other translations on the web these days.  You may find that one resonates.  Essentially, it's a personal pledge to get one's act together well enough to really help out.  You can use your own words, one's that feel right. 

 Obviously this is a ceaseless practice.  I hope to be Practicing with my last breath.

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