Verses for Thudong-faring From the Sutta-Nipata Put by the rod for all that lives, Nor har

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Verses for Thudong-faring ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the Sutta-Nipata ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Put by the rod for all that lives, Nor harm thou anyone thereof; Long not for son -- how then for friend? Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Love cometh from companionship; In wake of love upsurges ill; Seeing the bane that comes of love, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. In ruth for all his bosom friends, A man, heart-chained, neglects the goal; Seeing this fear in fellowship, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Tangled as crowding bamboo boughs Is fond regard for sons and wife: As the tall tops are tangle-free, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. The deer untethered roams the wild Whithersoe'er it lists for food: Seeing the liberty, wise man, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Casting aside the household gear, As sheds the coral-tree its leaves, With home-ties cut, and vigorous, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Seek for thy friend [*] the deeply learned, Dhamma-endued, lucid and great; Knowing the needs, expelling doubt, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. The heat and cold, and hunger, thirst, Wind, sun-beat, sting of gadfly, snake: Surmounting one and all of these, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Crave not for tastes, but free of greed, Moving with measured step from house To house, support of none, none's thrall, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Free everywhere, at odds with none, And well content with this and that: Enduring dangers undismayed, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Snap thou the fetters as the snare By river denizen is broke: As fire to waste comes back no more, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. And turn thy back on joys and pains, Delights and sorrows known of old; And gaining poise and calm, and cleansed, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Neglect thou not to muse apart, 'Mid things by Dhamma-faring aye; Alive to all becomings' bane, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. As lion, mighty-jawed and king Of beasts, fares conquering, so thou, Taking thy bed and seat remote, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Poise, amity, ruth and release Pursue, and timely sympathy; At odds with none in all the world, Fare lonely as rhinoceros. Leaving the vanities of view, Right method won, the Way obtained: "I know! No other is my guide!" Fare lonely as rhinoceros. * [`Friend' here signifies the Good Friend (kalyana mitta), as the meditation-master is called.] //Selected verses of the Rhinoceros Sutta from "Woven Cadences" (Sutta Nipata), translated by E. M. Hare, and published in Sacred Books of the Buddhists Series by the Pali Text Society. Other verses are used in this booklet.//

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