We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us,
that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.
Few of us ever live in the present.
We are forever anticipating,
what is to come or remembering what has gone.
When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are,
then we come to rest in the present moment.
This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice.
Only in this moment can we discover that which is timeless.
Only here can we find the love that we seek.
Love in the past is simply memory,
and love in the future is fantasy.
Only in the reality of the present can we love,
can we awaken, can we find peace and understanding and connection with ourselves and the world.
The past is over.
Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.
The past is already past.
Don’t try to regain it.
The present does not stay.
Don’t try to touch it.
From moment to moment.
The future has not come; don’t think about it beforehand.
Whatever comes to the eye, leave it be.
There are no commandments to be kept;
there’s no filth to be cleansed.
With empty mind really penetrated,
the dharmas have no life.
When you can be like this,
you’ve completed the ultimate attainment.
Do not follow after the past;
do not go forward to meet the future.
Instead, just rest the mind naturally in the present awareness.
Gampopa Sonam Rinchen