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.