A Bodhisattva is a human being whose life is dedicated to bringing enlightenment and liberation to all living beings from the endless cycle of births and deaths. These are the Four Great Vows of a Bodhisattva.
The many beings are numberless - I vow to save them.
Greed, hatred and folly rise endlessly - I vow to uproot them.
Dharma gates are countless - I vow to wake to them.
Buddha's way is unsurpassable - I vow to embody it fully.
Sì hóng shì yuàn
Zhòng shēng wúbiān shì yuàn dù
Fánnăo wújìn shì yuàn duàn
Fă mén wúliàng shì yuàn xué
Fó dào wúshàng shì yuàn chéng
Hear / download the Four Great Bodhisattva Vows chanted in Chinese here.
Here's a Japanese version of the Bodhisattva Vows:
shu jo mu hen sei gan do
bon no mu hen sei gan dan
ho mon mu jin sei gan chi
mu jo bo dai sei gan sho
ji ta ho kai do ri yaku
gu sho goku raku jo butsu do
Hear / download the chant in Japanese here.