May we be protectors to the helpless

May we be protectors to the helpless,
A guide to those traveling the path,
A boat to those wishing to cross over;
Or a bridge or a raft.
May we be land for those requiring it,
A lamp for those in darkness,
May we be a home for the homeless,
And servants for the world.
In order to fulfill the needs of beings
May we be as a magic gem,
An inexhaustible vase, a mystic spell,
A cure-all medicine, and a wish-granting tree.
May we act as the mighty earth
Or like the free and open skies
To support and provide the space
Whereby we and all others may grow.
Until every being afflicted by pain
Has reached nirvanas shores,
May we serve only as a condition
That encourages progress and joy.
- Shantideva