Verses From Shantideva (Graham Patterson)

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Editor: Graham Patterson (submitted 2024-06-01).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Verses From Shantideva
Composer: Graham Patterson
Lyricist: Shantidevacreate page
Number of voices: 12vv   Voicing: SSSAAATTTBBB
Genre: OtherPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: unpublished
Description: A setting of a some verses from Chapter 3 of the 8th century Buddhist text 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life' by Shantideva.

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Original text and translations

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The elixir of life, destroyer of death, it is a great sun, a banquet of joy,
A treasure without end, destroys all poverty, the supreme cure, a tree of rest.
Just as a blind man may find by chance a priceless jewel in a heap of refuse,
So, somehow, this Bodhi spirit is hidden even in me. [Bodhi = Enlightenment].
It is a bridge for all travellers passing over the waters of suffering;
It is the heart's waxing moon, cooling the heat of passion.
For the caravan of famished beings, blundering on the road of existence,
It is a banquet of joy which refreshes completely.
It is a bridge for all travellers passing over the waters of existence.