The Benefits of the Awakening Mind


Leisure and endowment are very hard to find;
And, since they accomplish what is meaningful for man,
If I do not take advantage of them now,
How will such a perfect opportunity come about again?

Just as a flash of lightning on a dark, cloudy night
For an instant brightly illuminates all,
Likewise in this world, through the might of Buddha,
A wholesome thought rarely and briefly appears.

~ Shantideva A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Live. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. 1981.

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