Raindrops on the Tips of Leaves in the Rain

Walking to school in the rain, I pause to reflect upon raindrops on the tips of blossoms on a tree.

I am reminded of Rennyo’s ‘Letter on White Ashes’ especially this verse:

“Whether I go before others or other before me, whether my last breath is today or tomorrow, who is to know? We depart this world, one after another, more quickly than countless raindrops on the tips of leaves in the rain.”

Reflecting upon the truth of impermanence helps me cherish gratefully each and every moment I am given in this unrepeatable life.

Also, a timely reminder I need to study harder since exams next week include formal recitation of the entire Letter on White Ashes, as well as other Gobunsho written by Rennyo!

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