During the course of a year, Khunu Lama Rinpoche wrote everyday a verse on bodhichitta, or the altruistic intention that seeks enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings. These verses were compiled and came to be known as “Jewel Lamp”. When it was eventually translated into English, its title became Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea.
These verses have been praised by many Tibetan Lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Khunu Lama Rinpoche himself was known as being a modern day Shantideva.
Some verses on Bodhichitta
Here are some inspiring verses that I personally found interesting. Reading his verses every couple months is something I have found very helpful for my own practice.
The bodhichitta of bodhisattvas is like a spiritual friend
who naturally exhorts one to be ethical, to study,
to analyze, to meditate, and to work for the welfare of
wandering beings who reach as far as space.
To know the essentials of bodhichitta,
rely on a Mahayana spiritual friend,
read the Mahayana sutras,
and befriend the bodhisattvas.
The person who meditates on the thought
“wandering living beings equal to space
are my mother,” looks to be on the very verge
of having Mahayana bodhichitta arise.
Who would not like the gaze that bodhichitta
makes one cast on every living being –
the finest, the lowest, and those in-between –
like the gaze of a mother on her son?
A video someone put together with some verses: