*As I have encountered the Dharma in this life,
And from time to time been interested in practising it,
I must have accumulated some merit during my past lives.
*Throughout this life I have admired, been inspired by,
And, on occasion, had the courage to emulate my master,
So I must have gathered a little more merit.
*Though shallow, my trust in the Three Jewels is absolute,
And I am convinced that they alone will not mislead me –
Surely a sign of their unfailing blessings.
*From time to time I am moved
By the teachings of the Buddha and his followers,
Which must mean that, at some point, I’ve done something right.
*Now and then, when required to make an offering,
I feel ashamed of my own miserliness,
And so the Dharma must have entered my mind to some extent.
*As, once in a blue moon,
I catch myself trying to impress others,
My random condemnation of ego must have had some effect.
*Although the feeling is rare and short-lived,
I have empathized with those who are destitute,
So, however seldom, I must have some heart.
*By the power of all this merit and virtue,
May I not attain enlightenment
Until every other sentient being has reached enlightenment before me.
*By the power of the merit of not wanting enlightenment
Ahead of all other suffering beings,
May I not become enlightened
Until everyone else has reached enlightenment before me.