It is not the birth into a human body that is so excruciatingly rare. This is not the wooden yoke the turtle is seeking. The rarity is arising as a being who is willing and able to take advantage of the opportunities and endowments offered by a human rebirth, by engaging in spiritual practice. To live with wholesome dedication to a path which develops wisdom and compassion is not so common. Dedicated and engaged practitioners of any spiritual path are greatly out-numbered by those who do not follow any religious discipline or who simply pay lip-service to one. Our desire to be part of the crowd and make our lives docile, so easily undermines honour and sincerity. We continually compromise sparkling, present vibrancy for the mediocrity of ‘good enough’. To activate our potential as human, we must live our lives as warriors: fearless, without need of reward or recognition, honourably upholding the cause of kindness and awareness. This is the rarity and preciousness of human rebirth.
Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, chapter 4, Coming up for Air, page 98, Aro Books worldwide, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9653948-4-0