Chapter fourteen, from Treasure of Wish-Fulfilling Gems: A Textbook of
Universal Vehicle Precepts, by Kunkyen Longchen Rabjam, (p, 119 Essential
Once acquired, this precious life with liberty and opportunity
the characteristics of instantaneity, impermanence, and decay.
three realms are deceptive and illusory in nature.
Though beautified by
the wealth of its four continents,
Our earthly environment is
impermanent and exhibits decay.
Even this body should be recognized as a ball of foam,
Like those of
all these beings now on earth.
In a hundred years, they will certainly
Since everything born eventually dies.
Just as your own life
span will come to an end,
In places like markets, crossroads, guest
All these crowds of diverse beings will be scattered.
Contemplate the certainty from the heart that your relations
resources of your amassed possessions,
Like a city deserted, will come
Since whatever wealth one has amassed
Is impermanent and
without essence, you should be detached;
You ascend to the wealthy
cities of paradise,
Even as you go beyond death and fall into miserable
Be sure that pride in this life or wealth grants no
Since one is separated in time from things outer and
Since impermanence and death are certain,
Give up on the
delusion of permanence.
Subatomic matter endures momentarily,
Being impermanent as a flash
So you should realize ultimate truth just as
The variety of habitats and life-forms is
Essenceless as an illusion of a banana tree,
this life-cycle is called impermanent,
And clinging to one's self or
work is not acceptable.
Habitats and beings are made of four elements, subject to
Embodied beings vanish like transient settlements.
compounds are everywhere, nothing at all is permanent.
Nothing in life
is certain but that death is never partial.
So one must contemplate from the heart death's certainty.
the time when death comes, home and possessions,
Friends, the company
of celebrated experts, and so forth
Are no company at all, you must
realize ultimate truth.
One's perception of markets, riverbanks, miraculous
Thunderheads, the movements of living beings, moon and
Impermanent and transient, will likewise suddenly cease.
time of death, your best friends are your stores of virtue;
So rely on
the ultimate, and strive to realize its essential meaning.
On the path of analysis, one must be ever mindful of death.
your practice by watching the compounded decay.
With effort, abandon
the fears and activities of this life,
Not resting in the ordinary even
Develop a renunciative, repentant mind of few diversions,
benefits and virtues of such a mind are infinite.
faults and naturally gather virtues.
Free from the permanence habit, stop enmity and kinship, desire and
Be diligent in virtue, and know this life as deceptive.
gather both stores, and the gods will see you as glorious,
ascend to the heavens, achieve lifetimes of bliss,
And quickly earn the
state of enjoying the elixir of immortality.