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What Might I Become?

May I become an island for those seeking dry land
A lamp for those needing light,
A place of rest for those who desire one,
And a servant for those needing service.

–  Shantideva, “May I Become an Island”

lantern

May I become a lamp

Shall I Become a Lighthouse?

May I become an island for those seeking dry land
A lamp for those needing light,
A place of rest for those who desire one,
And a servant for those needing service.

–  Shantideva

And may I become a lighthouse when need be

And may I become a lighthouse when need be

May Hatred Be Transformed by Beauty

May those whose hell it is to hate and hurt be turned into lovers bringing flowers.

– Shantideva, 8th century Buddhist teacher

What can bring more joy than a patch of golden poppies?

What can bring more joy than a patch of golden poppies?

May We All Become Lovers

May those whose hell it is to hate and hurt be turned into lovers bringing flowers.
Shantideva, 8th century

Can we offer a gift more lovely or loving than flowers?

What Are You Planting?

Dead saguaro in Saguaro National Park, Tucson

Every
uncompassionate
action is like
planting
a dead tree.

-Shantideva