The Buddha as the Unsurpassed Charioteer (V, A)
The Buddha's Dharma is a chariot;
the disciples are the horses.
The Buddha, lord of the true Dharma jewel,
tames and guides [them along].
If the horses wander off the road and lose the proper track,
Then they must be reined in and made to be restrained.
If they're [only] a little unruly, mild methods rein them in.
The development of goodness makes for the higher road.
If they cannot be reined in, then they are abandoned.
Because he tames and guides in this manner,
[the Buddha] is unsurpassed.