"May the virtue in my acting thus go towards the alleviation of the suffering of all beings. My personality throughout my existences, my possessions, and the virtue of my actions of body speech and mind; may I give them up without regard to myself for the benefit of all beings. Just as the earth and other elements are functional in many ways to the infinite number of beings inhabiting limitless space and time, so may I become that which pacifies all beings situated throughout space and time so long as all have not attained to peace."
I think this comes from Shantideva who is a popular Figure from the Indian Mahayana. I generally get my conceptual understanding of what the Dhamma is from Pali suttas and there is allot I dont really resonate with when it comes to Shantideva, but I do regularly dedicate my practice along the lines I quoted above. So.... Im wondering If any Theravada practitioners find anything about this "prayer" that you think is out of line with the Pali Suttas. Of course the references to what is mine and myself are spoken of in the colloquial sense and not in any way meant to pertain to any ultimately self sustaining entity's.
PS: As you can probably tell I use "virtue" rather than "merit" because of these definition's(merriam-webster.com) of virtue...
1: conformity to a standard of right
3: the beneficial quality or power of a thing
Where as merit is defined as...
1: the qualities or actions that constitute the basis of one's deserts
2: spiritual credit held to be earned by performance of righteous acts and to ensure future benefits
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"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332