One of my deepest hopes for this book is that it could be an

unfailing, loyal companion to anyone who makes the choice to

become a bodhisattva, a source of guidance and inspiration to

those who really face the challenge of this time, and undertake

the journey to enlightenment out of compassion for all other

beings. May they never grow weary or disappointed or disillusioned;

may they never give up hope whatever the terrors and

difficulties and obstacles that rise up against them. May those

obstacles only inspire them to even deeper determination. May

they have faith in the undying love and power of all those

enlightened beings that have blessed and still bless the earth

with their presence; may they take heart, as I have constantly

taken heart, from the living examples of the great masters, men

and women like us, who have with infinite courage heeded the

Buddha's deathbed words to strive with their whole being to

attain perfection. May the vision that so many mystic masters

of all traditions have had, of a future world free of cruelty

and horror, where humanity can live in the ultimate happiness

of the nature of mind, come, through all our efforts, to be realized.

Let us all pray together for that better world, first with

Shantideva and then with St. Francis:

For as long as space exists

And sentient beings endure,

May I too remain,

To dispel the misery of the world.

Lord make me an instrument

Of thy peace, where there is hatred,

Let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy

0 Divine Master, grant that

I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we

Are pardoned, and it is in dying

That we are bom to eternal life.

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