The Certainty of Death

Whoever has lived and will live

Must discard this body and depart.

Cognizant of death, the wise become realized.

They come to abide in the dharma

And practice.

All the transient beings that have lived

In the past have died.

All who will live in the future also will die.

Among those who presently live as well

No one will escape death.

From the time of my birth until today

How many who were close to me have died?

How many who were strangers or enemies have died?

There is no reason to be confident

That I shall remain when they have all departed.

I must quickly recognize the truth

That has been realized by the holy ones

Who exert themselves at every moment.

In this short life

I will no longer postpone spiritual practice

From avoidance or apathy.

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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1 Response to The Certainty of Death

  1. Blue Garuda says:

    Shantideva – a blunt message on the same topic:
    ”Since such a vessel will be hard to find again, This is no time to sleep, you fool! ”

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