Verses on the Eightfold Path
Saccānaṁ caturo padā.
Virāgo seṭṭho dhammānaṁ
Of paths, the eightfold is best. Of truths, the four sayings.
Of qualities, dispassion. Of two-footed beings, the one with the eyes to see.
Es’eva maggo n’atth’añño
Etañ-hi tumhe paṭipajjatha
Just this is the path—there is no other—to purify vision.
Follow it, and that will be for the bewilderment of Māra’s army.
Etañ-hi tumhe paṭipannā
Akkhāto vo mayā maggo
Following it, you put an end to suffering & stress.
I have taught you this path having known—for your knowing—the extraction of arrows.
Tumhehi kiccaṁ ātappaṁ
It’s for you to strive ardently. Tathāgatas simply point out the way.
Those who practice, absorbed in jhāna: From Māra’s bonds they’ll be freed.