Venetian proverbs: The dead open the eyes of the living
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The dead more present and more powerful than the living

Buddha: A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky


This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

            --Gautama Buddha

If anyone knows the translator and source of this quotation, please email me.

It seems to be from: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; “The Last Teaching of the Buddha,” in
The Teaching of the Buddha, 128th revised edition (Tokyo: Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, 1986)


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umm nice

its the closing line in Deepak Chopra's 7 Spiritual laws of Success, he's quoting Buddha

I read this in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

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