The Precious Human Body
The human body, at peace with itself,
Is more precious than the rarest gem.
Cherish your body,
It is yours this one time only.
The human form is won with difficulty,
It is easy to lose.
All worldly things are brief,
Like lightning in the sky;
This life you must know
As the tiny splash of a raindrop;
A thing of beauty that disappears
Even as it comes into being.
Your inspiration and aspiration
Resolve to make use of every day and night
To realise them.
-Je T songkapa (1367-1419)