Precious Human Birth
Contemplate the importance and
opportunity of having a precious human birth. We are very fortunate indeed to be born as human beings and to
encounter the Dharma. This human existence is invaluable, for we are endowed with the freedom and conditions
necessary for practicing Dharma and cultivating our spiritual development.
the opportunity to accomplish something meaningful, rather than spending all of our time and energy pursuing the
temporary, passing pleasures of this life. To have this precious opportunity and not use it wisely represents a
use this precious human birth to attain enlightenment and bring great benefit and happiness to countless living
beings. Contemplate and reflect deeply upon this precious human birth until the fortunate opportunity provided
by this human existence, which should never be taken for granted or squandered, becomes clearly apparent.
first thought, then, as we begin to practice, must be appreciation for our human birth. Think about those who
have a human body but who are not gifted with conditions conducive to their spiritual development. Contemplate
those who attain a human birth but spend all of their time and energy on trivial, worldly pursuits or destroy
their opportunity by harming others.
Allow this contemplation to inspire within you the compassionate wish that all beings find liberation from
spiritually impoverished circumstances. Contemplate, "I have attained this extraordinary and precious human birth.
This human birth I will use wisely for my own awakening and for the greatest benefit of all living
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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