Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
Welcome home! Please contact lincoln@newbuddhist.com if you have any difficulty logging in or using the site. New registrations must be manually approved which may take up to 48 hours. Can't log in? Try clearing your browser's cookies.

Dharma Uh Tuesday?

CarlitaCarlita Bastian please! Save us!United States Veteran
edited January 30 in Arts & Writings

Sirimanda

Rain soddens what's covered
& doesn't sodden what's exposed.
So open up what's covered up,
so that it won't get soddened by the rain.

Attacked by death
is the world,
surrounded by aging,
beset by the arrow of craving,
always obscured by desire.

Attacked by death
is the world,
& encircled by aging,
constantly beaten, with no shelter,
like a thief
sentenced to punishment.

They encroach like masses of flame,
these three:
death, aging, & illness.
There's no strength to confront them,
no speed to run away.

Make the day not-in-vain,
a little or a lot.
However much
the day passes,
that's how much less
is life.
Your last day approaches.
This isn't your time
to be heedless.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/thag/thag.06.13.than.html

Snakeskin

Comments

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    Oh that's delightfully depressing, LoL.
    I think anyone - when they feel like death warmed over - should read and re-read this poem!

    Thanks for sharing, @Carlita. <3

    (I felt like that last night and this evening.
    The tiredness of living sometimes hits
    like a ton of bricks.)

    SnakeskinCarlita
  • CarlitaCarlita Bastian please! Save us! United States Veteran

    @silver said:
    Oh that's delightfully depressing, LoL.
    I think anyone - when they feel like death warmed over - should read and re-read this poem!

    Thanks for sharing, @Carlita. <3

    (I felt like that last night and this evening.
    The tiredness of living sometimes hits
    like a ton of bricks.)

    Thanks. It hit the spot. My aunt died two weeks ago and when I read it it remind me about the nature of suffering and my place in it. I have the lesson but dont know yet how to apply it.

Sign In or Register to comment.