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WISDOM IS THE MOTHER OF All BODHISATTVAS
by Translated into Chinese by Kumarajiva (344 - 413, Eastern Jin Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai, Zhi Yue, and Linda Tsui

Wisdom is the mother of all bodhisattvas,
Skillful means is the father.
Among all guides and teachers,
None are not born from these parents.
Joy in the Dharma is the wife,
Compassion is the daughter,
Kindness and sincerity are the sons.
Ultimately, Dharma is the home.


PRACTICE OF THE BODHISATTVA

Practice in the realm of emptiness,
While cultivating all kinds of virtues,
Such is the practice of the bodhisattva.
Practice in the realm of formlessness,
While delivering all sentient beings,
Such is the practice of the bodhisattva.
Practice in the realm of wishlessness,
While manifesting in the world,
Such is the practice of the bodhisattva.


THE TREASURES OF LIBERATING WISDOM

Lotuses do not grow on dry lands of the plateau, but in muddy swamps. In the mud of afflictions, there are still sentient beings who are eager to listen to the teachings.

Thus, one should know that all afflictions nurture the nature of the Tathagata. For instance, if one does not descend into the vast ocean, one can never obtain the priceless pearl.

Thus, if one does not enter into the vast ocean of afflictions, then one can never obtain the treasures of wisdom.


TEACHING WITH ONE VOICE

The Buddha taught with one voice;
Sentient beings understood
according to their own perspectives.
Be unattached to your worldly affairs, like a lotus flower,
Always entering and moving within
emptiness and tranquility.

── from Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra