The End Draws Near

Kuya3My mind relies on nothing, so when night falls, I simply stop.

My body lives nowhere, so at the break of day, I leave once again.

Because my robe of patience is thick, I cannot be injured by canes, sticks, tiles, or rocks.

Because the room of my compassion is large, I do not hear mocking or hostility.

Because I recite the samadhi of the Name with faith, the entire marketplace is my place of practice.

Because I see the Buddha by hearing my own voice, my breath is my string of prayer beads.

Each night I await the welcome of the Buddha; each morning I rejoice that the end draws near.

I surrender my three actions to karma and entrust my four postures to awakening.

—Kuya Shonin

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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5 Responses to The End Draws Near

  1. Pingback: The End Draws Near — Great Middle Way – Bad At Being Still

  2. Adrian says:

    May I ask, what the “three actions” and “four postures” mean? Thank you!

  3. cheryla says:

    this poetic statement is wise and beautiful..’.each morning i rejoice that the end draws near’…i begin to feel like kuya shonin..who.lived in the huge room of compassion – plenty of room! cheryla

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