The First Dharma Council
At that time those beings
Acting here from pity for the beings of the world.
Now you have compiled all three
treasuries of Dharma.
Issued from the ten-fold powers and
the knowledge of all modes,
This spoken wisdom's a beacon midst
Buddha Compared to
the Wheel-turning Kings and Others
Among the Noble Wheel-turning
Kings, Indra, Brahma, and the World Guardians, there are none who are
the equal of the Buddha, how much the less would this be the case with
is this so?
Noble Wheel-turning Kings are
linked to the bonds. The Buddha has already escaped the bonds. The
Noble Wheel-turning Kings are sunken in the quagmire of birth, aging,
disease, and death. The Buddha has already succeeded in fording it. The
Wheel-turning Kings are the slaves of affection and desire. The Buddha
eternally transcended them. The Noble Wheel-turning Kings reside in the
disastrous arena of the vast wilderness of worldly existence. The
Buddha has already
gone beyond it. The Noble Wheel-turning Kings dwell in the darkness of
The Buddha dwells in supreme brightness.
To be continued
English translation © 1996
Dharmamitra. All rights reserved. Reprinted
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