Don't Wait Until You're Old to Cultivate the Way
we are in this world, we should hurry and cultivate. Don't wait around.
If you don't cultivate when young, and you wait until your hair turns
gray to cultivate, it will be too late. The saying goes,
- Don't wait until you're old to cultivate the Way
- The lonely graves are full of young people.
people will also die soon. Regardless of whether you are young or old,
when the time comes, the ghosts of impermanence will drag you off to
see King Yama. They won't show you any courtesy at all. It is said,
- Age makes no difference in the realm of the living,
- For people constantly meet in the realm of the dead.
Don't wait until you're old to cultivate.
of you should pay attention! Time is precious. An inch of time is an
inch of life, so don't casually let the time pass in vain. When the
three disasters are imminent, will we be able to survive? While we are
still young, we must cultivate zealously. Don't wait until tomorrow to
cultivate. The best way is to immediately start cultivating today.
Talks on the Dharma, Vol. I, p.131