Mittwoch, 1. August 2018

We must be diligent today

Do not pursue the past,
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait till tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness
night and day
'the one who knows
the better way to live alone.'

from: The Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone
quoted in William Alexander: Cool Water

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