SN 1.10
PTS: S i 4
CDB i 93
Arañña Sutta: A Face So Calm
translated from the Pali by
Andrew Olendzki
Alternate translations: Ireland | Thanissaro


Those who abide in the forest, Peaceful, living the holy life; Those who eat but a single meal; — why is it their face is so calm?

[The Buddha:]

They do not grieve over the past, Nor do they yearn for the future; They live only in the present — That is why their face is so calm. It's from yearning for the future, And from grieving over the past; This is how fools become withered — Like a fresh reed that's been hacked down.