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The second verse is the actual generation of the Bodhicitta. What you are stating here is that through the factors of compassion, wisdom and skillful means, today in the presence of the Buddhas, you generate the great mind of enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Being enthused by wisdom and compassion, today you are taking the pledge that from now on you shall develop the altruistic mind and try to be a better and warm-hearted a person. During the recitation of the second verse three times, try to do it with as deep a feeling as possible.

"Enthused by compassion and wisdom today in the Buddha's presence
I generate the mind of enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings."

In order to stabilize and affirm this courageous state of mind which you have developed, we will recite the third verse. The altruistic mind and pledge should not be influenced by a short -sighted perspective, thinking to attain enlightenment within the next few years or months. Be prepared to maintain your commitment and pledge, to remain unshaken, even if it takes aeons and aeons. For this purpose, we will recite the third verse. Incidentally, this is one of my most favorite verses. I recite it daily and personally find it very effective and inspiring, especially if I'm confronting difficult situations and circumstances. I derive a great sense of encouragement and inspiration from this verse. Let us recite it together.

"As long as space endures and as long as sentient beings remain
May I too abide to dispel the miseries of the world."



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