It is exceedingly difficult to obtain a human life with the eight freedoms and ten endowments.
Now that I have the chance to fulfill the aim of humanity,
If I do not use it to my advantage,
Afterwards, how can I get this opportunity again?
The three worlds are as impermanent as the clouds of autumn.
The births and deaths of beings are like watching a dance.
The speed of human’s lives is like lightning in the sky;
It passes as swiftly as a stream down a steep mountain.
When his time comes, even a king will die,
And his wealth, friends, and relatives cannot follow him.
But wherever people go, wherever they remain,
Karma, like a shadow, will follow after them.
Because of craving, becoming, and ignorance
Humans, gods, and the beings of the three lower spheres
Will circulate foolishly in the five realms
Like the revolving of a potter’s wheel.
from Padmasambhava Guru Yoga Sadhana
reprinted courtesy of Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
Photo: Sunrise, Wildwood, Aug. 2017