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The name "Bodhisattva" is not a description of who I am, but rather where I'm aiming for. It is a Mahayana Buddhist term to describe someone who, although enlightened, chooses not to enter nirvana but rather to stay behind to bring happiness and freedom from suffering to others. There's a Buddhist prayer below which expresses this ideal; I hope you like it.

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There is a large, thick forest. It has plants and trees of every size and hue. There are streams running through it, and there are many different kinds of soil within it. Amidst the plants and trees there are medicinal herbs, whose fragrance spreads throughout the forest. A dense cloud hovers over the forest, and moistens all the trees, plants and medicinal herbs, so that they can grow and thrive.

In this parable the trees and plants represent the many different types of people that inhabit the earth. The different types of soil represent the different nations and cultures in which people live. The medicinal herbs are the enlightened teachers. And the dense cloud is the truth.

Saddharma Pundarika (Lotus Sutra) 5Mindfulness


With a wish to free all beings
I will always go for refuge
to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
until I reach full enlightenment

Enthused by wisdom and compassion
Today in the Buddha's presence
I generate the mind for full awakening
For the sake of all sentient beings

As long as space endures
As long as sentient beings remain
Until then may I too remain
And dispel the sufferings of the world


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