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Sunday, September 25, 2005

You Should Be Attentive Today


Do not go after the past,
Nor lose yourself in the future.
For the past no longer exists,
And the future is not yet here.
By looking deeply at things just as they are,
In this moment, here and now,
The seeker lives calmly and freely.
You should be attentive today,
For waiting until tomorrow is too late.
Death can come and take us by surprise--
How can we gainsay it?
The one who knows
How to live attentively
Night and day
Is the one who knows
The best way to be independent.

-Bhaddekaratta Sutra

From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

James's comment: This is one of my favorite sutras. "Nirvana" is indeed found in the present moment.

(PHOTO: Classic rock and raked gravel Zen garden, Tofuju-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ).

-Peace to all beings-

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4 comments:

Benoit Lapierre said...

Hi from Canada,
your blog is very interesting.

"James" said...

benoit:

Welcome from Canada!! Glad that you find interest in my blog. May you always find peace here.

Beth said...

james, sometimes i want to take your posts and carry them around with me all day. or put them on my refrigerator or dashboard! this one's good. looking deeply at things in the here and now...yes.

"James" said...

Haiku:

Yeah, I have copied and printed off a lot of these quotes and put them on my refrigerator as well.

I'm glad that you find help and support in them as much as I do.

The here and now is the only moment we have and it is always a beautiful moment, even if we are suffering. It is the current moment and sitting with it we realize it could not be otherwise.

At least that is what I am finding.

(bows to the Buddha within you).

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