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The Renga on BuddhaDust

Other Verses of Appreciation

Those verses enclosed in boxes are from the Suttas and not in the Tanka style. We'll make this page a collection-place for versus in praise of Gotama the Awake and his Dhamma.


There has appeared in Magadha before thee
An unclean dhamma by impure minds devised.
Open this door of deathlessness, let them hear
Dhamma awakened to by the stainless one
As on a crag on crest of mountain standing
A man might watch the people far below,
E'en so do thou, O Wisdom fair, ascending,
O Seer of all, the terraced heights of truth,
Look down, from grief released, upon the peoples
Sunken in grief, oppressed with birth and age.
Arise, thou hero! Conqueror in the battle!
Thou freed from debt! Man of the caravan!
Walk the world over, let the Blessed One
Teach dhamma. They who learn will grow."
- Brahma Sahampati shortly after the Buddha's awakening, VP.02_mv.1-6: Horner, trans.


The poem "BuddhaDust" that gave inspiration to the original name of this website is in the form of the anticedant to the Haiku called a "Tanka". The Tanka is constructed using five lines with 5,7,5,7, and 7 syllables respectively. The Tanka was originally conceived as a way to praise the Awakened and at one point it took the form of a dialog between poets who linked responses in a form called the renga. You Awakeners out there inspired to praise Gotama are invited to revive this tradition. This thread on the Forum has now [Monday, February 11, 2013 4:19 AM] become this site's Renga.

Buddha Dust

Bits and scraps, crumbs, fine
Particles that drift down to
Walkers of The Walk.
Then: Thanks for that, Far-Seer!
Great 'Getter-of-the-Get'n!

- obo



So he sits apart
Nobody's nothing nowhere
In all the three times
No time no place no it at
Unseen trackless he is free

- Andrew Taylor


Padumam yatha kokanadam sugandham||
Pato siya phullam avitagandham,||
Angirasam passa virocamanam||
Tapannam adiccam iv'antalikkhe ti.|| ||
- SN 1.3.12 - Chandanangalika: Little Plough of the Moon

Like the red lotus, sweet-scented, full-blown,
At dawn of day, unspent its perfume's treasure,
Behold him! th' Angirasa shedding radiance
As shines the sun filling all heaven with glory.
- Mrs. Rhys Davids, trans.


Ito bahiddha pasanda ditthisu pasidanti ye,||
Na tesam dhammam rocemi na te Dhammassa kovida.|| ||
Atthi Sakyakule jato Buddho appatipuggalo,||
Sabbabhibhu maranudo sabbattham aparajito,||
Sabbattha mutto asito sabbam passati cakkhuma.|| ||
Sabbakammakkhayam patto vimutto upadisankhaye,||
So mayham Bhagava sattha tassa rocemi sasanan ti.|| ||
- SN 1.5.8 - Sister Sisupacala

Lo! in the princely Sakya clan is born
A Buddha peerless 'mong the sons of men,
Who all hath overcome, before whose face
Mara doth flee away, who everywhere
Unconquered stands, he that is wholly freed
And fetterless, the Seer who seeth all,
For whom all karma is destroyed, who in
The perishing of every germ that birth
Once more engenders, is at liberty!
This is the Exalted One, my Master he,
And his the system whereof I approve.
- Mrs. Rhys Davids, trans.


Sabbam lokam abhinnaya sabbaloke yatha tatham,||
Sabbaloka-visamyutto sabbaloke anupayo.|| ||

Sa ve sabbabhibhu dhiro sabbagantha-pamocano,||
Phutthassa parama santi nibbanam akutobhayam.|| ||

"Esa khinasavo Buddho anigho chinnasamsayo,||
Sabbakammakkhayam patto vimutto upadhisankhaye.|| ||

Esa so Bhagava Buddho esa siho anuttaro,||
Sadevakassa lokassa brahmacakkam pavattayi."|| ||

Iti deva-manussa ca ye Buddham saranam gata,||
Sangamma tam namassanti mahantam vitasaradam.|| ||

"Danto damayatam settho santo samayatam isi,||
Mutto mocayatam aggo tinno tarayatam varo"|| ||

Iti h'etam namassanti mahantam vitasaradam,||
Sadevakasmim lokasmim n'atthi te patipuggalo ti.|| ||
- AN 4.23 - Unknown.

By comprehending all the world
In all the world just as it is,
From all the world is he released,
In all the world he clings to naught.

He is the all-victorious sage:
'Tis he who loosens every bond:
By him is reached the perfect peace
(Nibbana) that is void of fear.

The Enlightened One, the passion-free,
Sinless, who hath cut off all doubts,
Hath reached the end of every deed,
Freed by removal of the base.

Exalted One, Enlightened he,
The lion he without compare.
For the deva-world and world of men
He caused the Brahma-wheel to roll.

Wherefore the devas and mankind
Who went for refuge to the Seer
Meeting shall pay him homage due,
The mighty one, of wisdom ripe.

"Tamed, of the tamed is he the chief:
Calmed, of the calm is he the sage:
Freed, of the freed topmost is he:
Crossed o'er, of them that crossed the best":

So saying shall they honour him
The mighty one, of wisdom ripe, -
"In the world of devas and mankind
None is there who can equal thee."'
- F.L. Woodward, trans.


Is there a man who careless, heedless dwells,
Craving in him will like a creeper grow.
He hurries hankering from birth to birth,
In quest of fruit like ape in forest tree.

Whom she doth overcome, - the shameful jade,
Craving, the poisoner of all mankind, -
Grow for him griefs as rank as jungle-grass.

But he who doth her down, - the shameful jade,
Hard to outwit, - from him griefs fall away
As from the lotus glides the drop of dew.

This word to you, as many as are here
Together come: May all success be yours!
Dig up the root of craving, as ye were
Bent on the quest of sweet usira root.
Let it not be with you that, ye the reed,
Mara the stream, he break you o'er and o'er!

Bring ye the Buddha-Word to pass; let not
This moment of the ages pass you by!
That moment lost, men mourn in misery.

As dust [mixed and defiled], is carelessness;
And dust-defilement comes through carelessness.
By earnestness and by the Lore ye hear,
Let each man from his heart draw out the spear.

-THAG 214, Mrs. Rhys Davids' translation.
The verses of Malunkya's Son after he has attained Arahantship.

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