Those who will falsely accuse me, and others who will do me harm, and others still who will degrade me, may they all share in Awakening.
I am the protector of the unprotected and the caravan-leader for travellers. I have become the boat, the causeway, and the bridge for those who long to reach the further shore.
May I be a light for those in need of light. May I be a bed for those in need of rest. May I be a servant for those in need of service, for all embodied beings.
—The Bodhicaryavatara: A Guide to the Buddhist Path of Awakening, 3: 16-18
Trans. Kate Crosby & Andrew Skilton