10. Kakudha Vagga
Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds
2. Here beggars,
a beggar has few ambitions,
has few duties.
He bears well,
is well-content with life's basics.
He takes little food,
is not yoked to filling the stomach.
He has heard much,
has got down and bears many suttas.
helpful in the beginning,
helpful in the middle,
helpful at the conclusion,
with meaning and syllable in complete agreement,
addressing the thoroughly-pure best of lives
of such Dhamma he has heard much,
pondering it over in mind,
well-penetrating it in theory.
And he reflects upon any freedom of heart accordingly.
These are the five things, me beggars,
that getting, a beggar
minding the breathing,
will penetrate the unshakable
not long thereafter.