This topic goes back to a blog post from about a year ago.
In it, I talked about a prayer by the Dalai Lama, in which he talks about life.In part, it says, Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
In the Buddhist tradition, the idea of precious human life is a complex one, which a lot of different points to consider. To fully explore these points, you do need to believe in the Buddhist concept of rebirth.
For today’s post, however, I’m going to narrow it down to the points that don’t require that particular belief.
The overall theme of this prayer is one of thankfulness. We often think about things that we’re thankful TO have, but we also need to look at things that we’re thankful to NOT have.