Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Knowing a Better Way to Live

"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 practioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until 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
one who knows
the better way to live alone."
adapted from the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, translated by Thich Nhat Hanh


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