A Lamp in the Darkness (Poem by Shantideva)

A Lamp in the Darkness (Poem by Shantideva)

A Lamp in the darkness poem by Shantideva

A Lamp in the Darkness

May I be a guard
for those who
need protection,
a guide for
those on the path,
a boat, a raft, a bridge
for those who wish
to cross the flood.

May I be a lamp
in the darkness,
a resting place
for the weary,
a healing medicine
for all who are sick,
a vase of plenty,
a tree of miracles.

And for the boundless
multitudes of living
beings, may I bring
sustenance and awakening,
enduring like
the earth and sky,
until all beings are
freed from sorrow,
and all are awakened.


by Shantideva

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 12 months ago

    Lots of praise for your calendars as gifts! My friends love your craft❤️

  2. Dilys 12 months ago

    Beautiful thoughts in the poem. Thanks for sharing x

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