Thursday, May 17, 2012

Birthday Reflection: The Five Subjects

As it's my birthday today, it seems appropriate to post something fittingly 'uplifting' and pertinent to the occasion. Hence, the five subjects for frequent recollection:

I am of the nature to age; I am not beyond aging.
I am of the nature to sicken; I am not beyond sickness.
I am of the nature to die; I am not beyond dying.
All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, will become separated from me.
I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related to my actions, abide supported by my actions. Whatever actions I shall do, for good or for ill, of those I will be the heir.
This text has been adapted from the Chanting Book used in the Western Forest Sangha, and can be downloaded here: Morning and Evening Chanting


Bill said...

Well happy birthday then. Peace.

G said...

Thanks, Bill. Peace to you, too.

Buddhist_philosopher said...

A belated Happy Birthday, Gary!

I'll be in Thailand later this month for a Vesak conference in Bangkok, then traveling up to Ayutthaya and Sukkhothai and maybe Chang Mai. Are you near any of those? It would be great to say hi :)

G said...

Hi Justin: Thanks for the birthday wishes!

No, I don't live anywhere near those places as I'm stuck up here in Ubon Ratchathani in the extreme Northeast of the country. It would be great to meet up, but if it's not possible this time round...we'll see.