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.