The Four Reminders




This human birth is precious,

An opportunity to awaken.

But this body is impermanent;

Ready or not, one day I shall die.


So this life I must know

As the tiny splash of a raindrop.

A thing of beauty that disappears

Even as it comes into being.


The karma I create,

Shapes the course of my life.

But however I act

Life always has difficulties;

No-one can control it all.

Only the Dharma

can free me and others

From suffering forever.


Therefore I recall

My heart's longing for freedom,

And resolve to make use

Of every day and night

To realise it.

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