When we are abandoned, overcome with sickness and worry, to not become discouraged but to think of taking on all the wrongful actions committed by others and suffering their consequences is a practice of the Bodhisattva. The nature of sense pleasures is like that of saltwater: the more we drink, the more our thirst increases. To abandon the objects toward which desire arises is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
Various sufferings are like that experienced from the death of an only child in a dream. To take as truth that which is only a false appearance is to uselessly exhaust the body and mind. When we meet with unfavorable circumstances, to approach them thinking they are
only illusion is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
If he who desires awakening must sacrifice his own body, his precious human life, what need is there to mention external objects to abandon? This is why practicing generosity without hoping for a reward or a "karmic fruit" is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
When we encounter an attractive object or something that pleases our mind, we see it as beautiful and real, but actually it is as empty as a summer rainbow. To abandon attachment toward it is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
Unless the aggression of our inner adversaries ceases, the more we fight them the more they multiply. Similarly, until we have mastered our own mind, negative forces will invade us. To discipline the mind through love and compassion is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
If in the company of several people, one among them reveals a fault that we would have liked hidden, to not become irritated with the one who treats us in this manner but to consider him as a supreme guru is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
If someone who we have helped and protected as our own child, shows only ingratitude and dislike in return, to have toward this person the tender pity a mother has for her sick child is a practice of the Bodhisattva.
From the blossoming lotus of devotion, at the center of my heart, rise up, O Compassionate Master, my only refuge! I am plagued by past actions and turbulent emotions: to protect me in my misfortune, remain as the jewel-ornament on the crown of my head, the mandala of great bliss, arousing all my mindfulness and awareness, I pray!
With mind far off, not thinking of death's coming, performing these meaningless activities, returning empty- handed now would be complete confusion; the need is recognition, the spiritual teachings, so why not practice the Path of Wisdom at this very moment? From the mouths of the saints come these words: if you do not keep your master's teaching in your heart, will you not become your own deceiver?