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This life is so precious

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:20 am

This life is so precious.
To be born human and with our faculties intact and to meet and be able to practice the Dharma freely is like finding a tiny diamond in a huge ocean of waste as deep as the oceans themselves.
I must make use of this opportunity and ensure I do not become part of that waste ever again, but become a buddha and transform the waste into diamonds.

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Re: This life is so precious

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:23 am

Onwards and upwards...

:namaste:

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Re: This life is so precious

Postby thornbush » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:39 am

Yes, one wrong turn and it can mean all over again for some....question is is there a guaranteed 'all over again' in the same conditions as one was in before....a scary thought...
http://cttbusa.org/42s/42sections.asp
The Buddha asked a Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
He replied, "A few days."
The Buddha said, "You have not yet understood the Way."

He asked another Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
The reply was, "The space of a meal."
The Buddha said, "You have not yet understood the Way."

He asked another Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
He replied, "The length of a single breath."
The Buddha said, "Excellent. You have understood the Way."

http://www.ymba.org/BWF/bwf81.htm#impermanence
A well-known Master once advised a lay friend to recite the Buddha's name.
The latter replied,
"There are three things I have not yet attended to:
one, my father's coffin is not yet entombed;
two, my son does not yet have a family; three,
my youngest daughter is still unmarried.
Let me take care of these three things and then I will follow your advice."

A few months later, the layman was struck by a grave illness and suddenly passed away.
After the memorial, the monk offered a stanza in lieu of condolences:
My friend, the wise official
When I advised him to recite the Buddha's name he countered with three things;
The three things have not been accomplished,
Yet impermanence has already snatched him away.
Lord of Hell, how inconsiderate can you be!
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Re: This life is so precious

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:16 am

The Buddha asked a Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
He replied, "A few days."
The Buddha said, "You have not yet understood the Way."

He asked another Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
The reply was, "The space of a meal."
The Buddha said, "You have not yet understood the Way."

He asked another Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
He replied, "The length of a single breath."
The Buddha said, "Excellent. You have understood the Way."


I have always loved this passage.
Wonderful :bow:
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Re: This life is so precious

Postby dumb bonbu » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:16 pm

great impetus to practice and get busy cultivating. whenever i consider the good fortune of having this human body i also am reminded to the great debt to everyone, especially my parents in this life, who has freely given their help, guidance and support throughout my years....it reminds me that i am on the path not just for myself but for all others also - sometimes this is too easy for me to forget.
Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran


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Re: This life is so precious

Postby Luke » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:04 am

He asked another Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"
He replied, "The length of a single breath."
The Buddha said, "Excellent. You have understood the Way."


My lama once said that one breath is like a lifetime. We must decide that we want to live, so we inhale--which is like being born--and then we reflexively exhale--which is like dying. So breathing continuously is like an ongoing cycle of birth and death.

Hmm..."the Way" is a very Taoist translation. I think "the Dharma" makes more sense in a Buddhist context, but I'll leave it for the scholars to decide.
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Re: This life is so precious

Postby Drolma » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:50 pm

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"When you begin to attend to facets of reality uncovered by discursive meditation, when you notice, for example, that your opportunity for realizing your innate human potential is very rare and precious, the practice of Dharma begins to flow naturally from your heart. Tibetan lamas emphasize the importance of this life by advising their students, "If you have a precious human life of leisure and opportunity, use it well. If you don't have one, get one."

B. Alan Wallace - Buddhism with an Attitude.
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Re: This life is so precious

Postby genkaku » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:38 pm

This life is so wonderfully precious.
That is why we must learn to give it up.
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Re: This life is so precious

Postby dumb bonbu » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:51 pm

genkaku wrote:This life is so wonderfully precious.
That is why we must learn to give it up.


it is hard. your words remind me of Ippen's -

Just cast away!
Then you will see:
there's a way to let go
of life in this world
so as not to throw it away

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Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran


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Re: This life is so precious

Postby Drolma » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:22 pm

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it’s not matter but the mind
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