The Three Birthrights

One’s birthright is aging,
no one can escape this fate.
One may be born of high status;
rich, beautiful, powerful,
but even one of earthly stardom
fails to compare to the Accomplished One.

One’s birthright is sickness,
no one can escape this fate.
High tech medical care,
right eating, staying fit,
but even the advanced athlete
fails to compare to the Awakened One.

One’s birthright is death,
no one can escape this fate.
All which has become integrated
must eventually disintegrate.
No doctor or saint, not even the gods
can compare to the Knower of the World.

Each of these,
the three birthrights, three curses of being,
the Blessed One surpassed.
The final body yet endured all,
until the Buddha’s Parinibbāna,
henceforth no birth shall ever be known.


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