A Poem for Super-Lucky Children by Buddhist teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 2, 2008
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Fortunate Birth


In the kingdom of children
Every one of you is this child,
An innocent being
Who jumped out of heaven
And landed in Shambhala.
Fortunate birth is who you are–
Everything is perfect in your world.

Your clothing is the mist of heaven,
Your feet covered by dragon’s breath,
You are the most fortunate beings on earth.
You are the children of dharma.
Nothing can close your open heart.
Other children suffer, caught in perpetual dilemma–
Because Buddha has touched you,
You are fortunate.

Be dharmic now,
Be powerful now,
Be benevolent now–
Not for me, not for others–
But because that is your blood.
When you feel privileged, use it.
When you feel ashamed, pounce.
Consume that hesitation–
It’s only a flicker of your imagination.

You are the blessed people on this earth.
Every atom of your being is Buddha–
What’s left is joy.
You have no excuse;
Don’t sulk.
You can be sad, for sadness is
the most genuine expression.
Expression of goodness is who you are.
Being a child of dharma is dilemma.
Being a child of dharma is freedom.

Consume this hesitation of not knowing.
Never doubt,
Only walk forward.
Love everything,
For that is why you are here.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “A Poem for Super-Lucky Children by Buddhist teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.”

  1. marin says:

    I’ve just started reading more about Buddhism, and one of the ideas I’m struck most by is the concept of the incredible fortune of having the capacity to contemplate your place in the world and choose a karmic path. It’s a great point, and a humbling one, that caused me to question my tendency to always wish for more–I have so much already.

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  7. Harry Butterwort says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing, re-sharing…

  8. Greg says:

    What a great post, Waylon. That is a beautiful poem. Best Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche I've read.

    We live in an amazing time. The "heavens" are shattered. Karma applies lift for some and for others downward drift. This poem captures the joyfulness resulting from the work of devoted bodhisattvas.

  9. I love this. It reminds me of what I was taught as kid growing up Catholic, but never understood at the time:

    "God is Love"

    Bob Weisenberg

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  12. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Inspiring poem and delightful photo of the Sakyong when he was a young lad–with Wendy Friedman!