Sunday, September 30, 2012

You shouldn't chase after the past…



The Buddha taught:
"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 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.'"

~Bhaddekaratta Sutta translated by Thich Nhat Hanh

「慎莫念過去 亦勿願未來 過去事已滅 未來復未至
 現在所有法 彼亦當為思 念無有堅強 慧者覺如是
 若作聖人行 孰知愁於死 我要不會彼 大苦災患終
    如是行精勤 晝夜無懈怠 是故常當說 跋地羅帝偈」

~《中阿含經》卷43〈2 根本分別品〉


* A childhood photo of Thartse Khen Rinpoche taken at the age 15(so they said).
Retake (from that photo) by Jamyang Zangpo, 2012 @ Lo Manthang, Rinpoche’s home.