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The Four Reminders
Life has inevitable difficulties. No one can control it all.
This body is impermanent. Death is certain.
The karma I create shapes the course of my life.
This human birth is precious, an opportunity to awaken.
These four reminders expose my pre-occupations.
Things that at death will mean nothing to me.
This life I must know as the tiny splash of a raindrop.
A thing of beauty that disappears, even as it comes into being.
Therefore I recall my inspiration and aspiration.
I resolve to make use of every day and night,
wherever I am, to realize it.
Three Terrible Oaths, Dorje Trollo
“Whatever happens – may it happen.
Whichever way it goes – may it go that way.
There is no purpose.”