Achieving a Mind at Rest

Since I forsook the world and its ties
I experience neither fear nor resentment.

I have committed my life to fate,
without the wish to live or the desire to die.

I have few attachments.
Like drifting cloud I rely on no one.

My only luxury is a sound sleep.
All I look forward to is the beauty of the changing seasons.

Within this lonely hut
I am content.

There is room to sleep at night,
room to sit in the day.

The World of Desire, The World of Form, The World of No-form
are entirely of the mind.

If the mind is not at peace
then palaces and pavilions are of no help.

In Kyoto the people stared at my poverty.
I felt ashamed.

But here I only feel compassion,
thinking of those whose lives are bound by their attachments.

Consider the fish,
they do not tire of water.

Birds love the woods,
yet no one knows how they feel.

It is so with the life of a hermit.
How can anyone understand unless they experience it?

Now the moon of my life is reaching its final phase.
My remaining years draw to their close.

As I approach the Three Ways of the Hereafter
what do I regret?

In the quiet hours before dawn
I ask myself​

"Do desire and ignorance still control my actions?"
My heart does not reply.

The most I can do is murmur, two or three times,
an invocation to the Buddha

and practice patience.

                                                                          Kamo no Chomei

Do Not Believe

I teach one thing and one thing only,
 “suffering” and the end of suffering.

                                                                                       The Buddha

Do not believe ...
in traditions merely because they are old

and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.

Do not believe ...

anything on account of rumours or because people talk a great deal about it.

Do not believe ...
anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.

Do not believe ...
in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary
it must have been inspired by some god or other wonderful being.

Do not believe ...
anything merely because presumption is in its favour
or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.

Do not believe
anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.

But whatever,
after thorough investigation and reflection,
you find to agree with reason, and your experience,
as being conducive to the good and benefit of one and all
and to the good and benifit of the world at large
accept only that as

Shape your life in accordance with it

                                                                                                                 The Buddha