1. To save all sentient beings, though they are numberless.
2. To end all desires, though they are inexhaustible.
3. To learn the Teachings, though they are boundless.
4. To live the Buddha Way, though it is unsurpassable.
If you'd like to hear my sangha singing (a slightly modified wording of) these, click here.
I regard this is sort of the "Our Father" for Buddhists, used in dozens of ceremonies, most practicing buddhists recite them daily, so they are very familiar. Therefore, for me, "The Vows of the Airport Bodhisattva" are hilarious. Think "Our Boarding Pass, who Art in Gate 3" or something (even funnier) like that.
They come from a dharma talk by Reb Anderson, a teacher from the San Francisco Zen Center, which he gave at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center, my teacher's center in Minneapolis, on May 4, 2008.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.