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Saturday, August 29, 2009

A lifetime...rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.






The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara, from the Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro.

Part of the foundation practices of the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingmas. Inspiring and beautiful, so I post it here for you to savor.


Free and well-favored human birth:

This free and well-favored human form is difficult to obtain
Now that you have the chance to realize the full human potential,
If you don't make good use of this opportunity,
How could you possibly expect to have such a chance again?

Impermanence:

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movement of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

Karma: Cause and Effect:

When his time has come, even a king has to die,
And neither his friends nor his wealth can follow him.
So for us—wherever we stay, wherever we go—
Karma follows us like a shadow.

The Suffering of Samsara:

Because of craving, attachment and ignorance,
Men, gods, animals, hungry ghosts and hell-beings
Foolishly go round,
Like the turning of a potter's wheel.

(...so turn the mind towards your practice and cultivate good actions.)

Love,
Laura

3 comments:

elsiee said...

you're a lovely teacher!! I just received two extra tickets to the Dalai Lama teaching I'm going to send them back unless you know someone who would like to use them... let me know!

Mare said...

I loved this...Thank you dear friend...

Jan said...

Beautiful reminders today, Laura. Thank you. I especially love the first portion. How blessed we are to be in this form, right here, right now. May we make the most of our days...