A Precious Human Birth

I am now free of the eight unfavorable states:

birth as a hell being, a hungry ghost,

an animal, a demigod, or a god[1];

grossly wrong views[2];

an unsuitable location for the practice of the Dharma;

and defective sensual and mental functions.


I am now endowed with the ten necessary conditions.

The five inner endowments:

a human birth in a central location,

proper sensual and mental functions,

uncorrupted karma[3], and faith in the Three Jewels;


And the five outer endowments:

the Buddha has appeared and taught the Dharma,

the Lord’s teachings survive,

the Dharma has countless followers,

and many support the teachings.


A human life such as I have now obtained

will be extremely difficult to achieve in the future.

I will not waste it in meaningless pursuits.

I must use it in service to the Dharma.


[1] These are states of unimaginable suffering, constant hankering, stupidity, aggressive jealousy, and indolence.

[2] The grossly wrong views are (1) denying the law of karma, (2) despising the Three Jewels, and (3) denying rebirth.

[3] Uncorrupted karma consists of (1) not being intimately related to those who oppose the Dharma, and (2) not deriving one’s sustenance from unsuitable occupations, such as hunting and prostitution.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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