Rahula, The Buddha’s Son Unbound

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Introduction

This poem is from the Theragatha. The Theragatha preserves 264 poems of elder monks and is the eighth section in the Khuddaka Nikāya. The Khuddaka Nikāya is a collection of short texts in (mostly) verse. The Khuddaka Nikāya is the last Nikaya (collection) of the Sutta Piṭaka, the second book of the Pāli Canon.

This poem is from the now awakened son of the Buddha, Rahula. There is a beautiful sutta where the Buddha teaches a seven-year-old Rahula simple and direct refined mindfulness. [1]

Rahula, The Buddha’s Son Unbound

Theragatha 4:8

Accomplished in the world,
and the Dhamma,
I am Rahula, the Fortunate!

I am the son of the Buddha,
I see the Dhamma,
my effluents ended.

Free of ignorance,
no further becoming. [2]
I am worthy of offerings,

I know the Three Marks, [3]
clearly seeing the deathless.
Those blinded by the veil of craving,
clinging to Mara, [4]
they are like fish in a net.

Abandoning sensual distractions,
rooted in ignorance,
the flames of craving behind me,

I am cool and unbound.

End Of Poem

 

  1. Rahulavada Sutta
  2. Becoming Explained
  3. Three Marks Of Existence – Anicca, Anatta, Dukkha
  4. Mara and Metaphor

My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made contextual edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

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