Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way...
THE BEST WAY TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
Do not go after the past, Do not 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.
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