Why Not For You?

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Your daughter.

By some road she came into this world,

not because you asked her.

By some road she left this world,

not because you told her.

In between her coming and going,

she passed some time here with all of us.

Oh, the places she’s been.

Next time she might be a lion

or a god

or a slave

or someone’s mother—


Then it could be your turn to die young,

and her turn to chase after you.

If you really want to cry for somebody,

why not cry for yourself?

Why not cry fro all of us,

who are just passing through?


on your


and weep.

Get it all out.

Now get up.

You’ve got work to do.

—The Five Hundred, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)

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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