The First Dharma Council
At that time, the Venerable Aniruddha also set forth a verse:
Alas! The world is impermanent
As the moon in water or as a plantain.
And though one's merits fill the Triple World,
They'll be destroyed by the winds of change.
At that time, Mahakasyapa spoke another verse:
Impermanence, its power's very great.
The dull, the wise, the poor, the rich and noble,
Those who've gained the Way and
those who've not,
Avoid it, none among them ever can.
Not with clever words or wondrous treasures,
Nor artifice, deception, strength, dispute.
It's like a fire which burns the myriad objects.
Dharmas marked by impermanence are
To be continued