佛初說法時 爾時我不見 如是展轉聞 佛在波羅奈
佛為五比丘 初開甘露門 說四真諦法 苦集滅道諦
阿若憍陳如 最初得見道 八萬諸天眾 皆亦入道跡
The First Dharma Council
At this time, in a state of single-mindedness, the Venerable Ananda pressed his palms together, faced the direction of the Buddha's Nirvana and spoke thus:
When first the Buddha spoke the Dharma,
T'was at a time I didn't see.
Like this I heard it roundabout that
The Buddha was at Varanasi.
The Buddha for five Bhikshus spoke it,
First opened there the sweet dew gate.
The Four Truths Dharma then he spoke.
Of suffering, 'cumulation, extinction and Way.
[It was an ascetic], Ajnata Kaundinya,
Was very first then to gain seeing the Way.
A host too of gods, eighty-thousand in number
All entered as well there the track of the Way.
To be continued