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Try again

Try again

Transparent goldent Buddha.
(Photo by Hartwig HKD)

Is your life troubled with impatience
Or ruled by dependence

Do your results seem to come too slow
Yet your desire is to learn and know

Do not fall prey to despair
And think there is no one who cares

For those who know and teach the way
Will listen to what you have to say

Then teach you what to do
For it’s with wisdom that they guide you

Just remember Buddha did not see the light
In just one day or night

It took years
To get past the woes of life and all his fears

Then he passed that knowledge down to me and you
So that we could have enlightenment too

When your patience wears thin
Remember Buddha and try again

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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