I’ve started reading the Pali Canon

Also know as the Tripitaka, or Tipitaka in Pali, it is a foundational text in Buddhism. Sort of like the Old Testament, but with less bear maulings.

This is an excerpt of the Bhaddekaratta, or Auspicious Day, Sutra:

You shouldn’t chase after the past
or place expectations on the future.
What is past
is left behind.
The future
is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present
you clearly see right there,
right there.
Not taken in,
unshaken,
that’s how you develop the heart.
Ardently doing
what should be done today,
for — who knows? — tomorrow
death.
There is no bargaining
with Mortality & his mighty horde.

Whoever lives thus ardently,
relentlessly
both day & night,
has truly had an auspicious day:
so says the Peaceful Sage.

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About J.

A former twentysomething with a head full of curls and heart full of questions wondering: when we get to nirvana, will there be food?
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