Although I spent much of my time with His Holiness exhausted by the complexity of his teachings, I did awaken by the last day, although I am hardly a bodisattva (an enlightened being with an awakened mind.) I did have the good fortune to be invited by the Dalai Lama to recite the Bodisattva’s Vow, along with thousands of others at Radio City. I love these passages, among many:

May I be the doctor, the medicine

And may I be the nurse

For all sick beings in the world

Until everyone is healed

May I be a protector for those without one,

A guide for all travellers on the way.

May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship

For all who wish to cross (the water.)

May I be an island for those who seek one,

And a lamp for those desiring light,

May I be a bed for all who wish to rest

And a slave for all who want a slave.

May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,

Powerful mantras and great medicine,

May I become a wish-fulfilling tree

And a cow of plenty for the world.