You shouldn’t chase after the past
or pin your hopes on the future.
What is past
is left behind.
hasn’t yet arrived.
Whatever experience is present
you clearly see right there,
not taken in,
that’s how you develop the heart.
what should be done today
for—who knows?— tomorrow
death may come.
There is no bargaining
with Death & his mighty hordes.
Whoever lives thus ardently,
relentlessly both day & night
has truly had an auspicious day:
so says the Peaceful Sage.
—Majhima Nikaya 131
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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