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October 22, 2011

My favorite poem.

If, by Rudyard Kipling.

This hung on the wall of Marpa House when I was younger. It’s since disappeared. It was, apparently, a gift from Lady Pybus, mother of Lady Diana, wife of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. I took the time to stop and read it nearly everyday—just as I always stopped and bowed to the Indian in front of the MFA in Boston.

Here ’tis. May it be of benefit:

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Three Buddhist Tips for how to Live Life:

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Lenka K. May 26, 2019 11:01am

The poem does not appear on the page but the link is in the source code 😉

Charlyn Heniford Sep 14, 2015 4:58pm

love it. One of my favorites is also entitled “If”……Written by Will Noris. If your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, and when, and where.”

Robert Lyons Oct 28, 2013 11:12pm

Replacement possibility for the disappeared If poem. Details in PM sent to your personal FB page. Thanks, Waylon. One of my favorites, too.

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