by Dawson Marino
Dawson visited the Abbey for several weeks. When he returned to his home, he left behind this beautiful wish inspired by Indian sage Shantideva.
May you be guards for those who are protectorless
Guides for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across water,
May you be a boat, a raft, a bridge.
May you be an isle for those who yearn for landfall
And lamps for those yearning for lights;
For those who need a resting place, a bed.
May you be the wishing jewel, the tree of miracles,
And words of Power and supreme healing;
For those who are bound, liberators
And for every being plagued by sickness, a cure.
May you be loving parents for those who are orphans,
Compassionate friends for those who suffer from loneliness.
For those whose minds are weighed down by depression,
May you be a sign of hope.
For boundless sentient beings may you be their ground and sustenance;
Scriptural texts of insight for those seeking wisdom
And embodiments of courage for those who are afraid.
May you never forsake a single sentient being
To pursue your own happiness or liberation.
For as long as space endures
And as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may the sangha of Sravasti Abbey to abide
To dispel the miseries of the world.