"May I use the future aeons to establish as many possible ways as I can in order to release from pain all beings who are suffering from their unethical behavior."
I have found myself recently contemplating/meditating on the concept of living for others. While I often keep the image of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva (Kwan Seum in Korean, Kannon in Japanese, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, translational meaning "One who hears the cries of the world") in my work, I have lately been thinking about Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Jijang Bosal in Korean, and Jizo Bodhisattva in Japanese, meaning "Earth Store Bodhisattva"). Ksitigarbha is an interesting archetype in commitment to helping those who are in need. Even in his physical body death, rather than enter the stream of final nirvana (Parinirvana), or ascending into a heavenly realm of existence, Ksitigarbha is commonly known to have taken the vow of a Bodhisattva or to not take the place of a Buddha until all beings are saved, and manifested in the hellish realm as a beacon of light for those who have found themselves in hell. What sacrifice and commitment it takes to be able to maintain a centered, compassionate state amidst hellish existence.
When I look around, and certainly in hearing the suffering of my clients, there are many conditions that bind people to suffering. Hell can manifest in a multitude of ways, and when it rises to our daily lives, it can feel unbearable. Ksitigarbha is said to meet individuals in his robes, offering mantras and his presence to alleviate their suffering and help to restore their Karma from past negative influences so that they may be elevated to an existence that will lead to their own liberation and awakening. How then are we to be in our lives, such that the potential of Ksitigarbha is present in our own interactions with others? I pose this question, not as a request for a definitive answer, but rather an invitation to look for the opportunities.
May all of our actions lead to the liberation of all beings!