Don’t wait for tomorrow

A Dharma talk by Lama D.

My beloved friends, I would like to say: Don’t wait for tomorrow. Yes, don’t wait for tomorrow because we never know if we will get to tomorrow or not. Because our life is uncertain.

Some people go to sleep at night and the next morning they don’t wake up. They just leave in the night. There are so many ways to pass away from life in this world. Passing away in your sleep is not a bad way to go. We just move on to the next life. So that’s why I say don’t wait for tomorrow. Whatever you want to do, you can do it today.

Think carefully about all the things you really want to do. Why do you wait for tomorrow? If they are important enough, you can do them today, or at least you can start them today. Just think about good things you want to do for everyone. Doing good things means that they bring benefit to you, to others, and to everyone. No one is left out of the circle. That means everyone feels a sense of wellbeing and satisfaction from your actions.

Peaceful sleep is a key to happiness. When you do good work, then when you go to sleep, there is no problem. You can go to sleep easily. We have no bad dreams, no worries, and no regrets because you did well for everyone, nothing negative or hurtful for anyone.

That’s why I say don’t wait for tomorrow to do good things for everyone. Why do we do hurtful actions anyway? Everything is connected, so sometimes it’s not easy to know all the results of your actions. Sometimes our most harmful actions are not intentional, they are simply naive or unconscious. Tomorrow you may have to repair or remedy the harm from your actions today. So it is best to think carefully and to avoid negative actions today. Then there’s nothing to clean up tomorrow.

I’m pretty sure you’re going to make it to tomorrow. Even so, why do actions that bring harm to anyone? Just make it your wish to do good things for everyone, every day. You can create a huge reservoir of good actions that continue to spread a growing circle of benefit to all people, to the plants, animals, and the planet for a very long time. However, if you put it off, you might never have the chance to do it. So that’s why I say don’t wait for tomorrow to do good things.

Now that you’ve had a chance to think about this, I’d like to ask you a question. What are you going to do today?

Thank you.

“Do not run back to the past.
Do not chase after the future.
The past no longer exists.
The future has yet to come.
See the present moment here and now,
Not taken in, unshaken,
This is how you develop the heart.

Diligently do today
What must be done today.
Who knows? Tomorrow may be too late.
And there’s no bargaining with Death.
Therefore a wise person who
Meditates mindfully,
Is assured an auspicious day today.”

The Buddha Speaks, Pali Canon,
Majjhima Nikaya 131, Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

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