translated by Gil Fronsdal
from the Bhaddekaratta Sutta Middle Length Discourse 131
The Buddha said,
Don’t chase the past
Or long for the future.
The past is left behind;
The future is not yet reached.
Right where it is, have insight
Into whatever phenomena is present;
Not faltering and not agitated,
By knowing it one develops the mind.
Ardently do what should be done today –
who knows, death may come tomorrow.
There is no bargaining with Mortality
And his great army.
Whoever dwells thus ardent,
– active day and night –
Is, says the peaceful sage,
One who has an auspicious day.