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Buddha, a person who has awakened...[1]


"Listen! The deathless has been realized. I will instruct you. I will teach you the way. Practicing as instructed, by realizing for yourselves here and now through direct insight, you will soon enter on and dwell in the ultimate refuge of the higher life, for the sake of which people properly go from their home into homelessness."[2]

An ascetic named Upaka saw me on the road between Gayimage and the place of my awakening, and, on seeing me, spoke to me as follows. “Your faculties are clear, brother. Your complexion is pure and bright. Under whose supervision have you become a seeker? Who is your teacher? Whose teachings do you accept?” When this was said, I replied to Upaka in verse.

“Master of all, knower of all, am I. Unstained among the things of the world, I abandon all. With the withering of craving, I am liberated. Having realized this condition completely on my own to whom should I point as a teacher? “I have no teacher; a person like me cannot be found. In this world with its resplendent beings, I have no equal. “For, in this world, I am highly accomplished. I am the teacher supreme. I, alone, am fully and soundly awakened. Cooled am I, and quenched. “To set in motion the wheel of teaching I am going to the city of Kasi. In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the deathless.”[3]

A practical concern with healing and health

"Go, wander for the welfare of the human multitude, for the happiness of the human multitude, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, the good, and the happiness of people and resplendent beings. Let no two of you go in the same direction. Teach both the meaning and the idiom of the dhamma, which is good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end. Manifest the completely fulfilled and perfectly purified life of training. There are people who have but little dust in their eyes, who are falling away because they have not heard of the way (dhamma). They will understand the teachings (dhamma). I, too, will go—to Senanigama in Uruvela—to teach the dhamma. (Samyuttanikaya 1.4.5)"


  1. Wallis, Glenn. Basic Teachings of the Buddha. New York: The Modern Library, 2007.
  2. Wallis, Glenn. Basic Teachings of the Buddha. New York: The Modern Library, 2007.
  3. Wallis, Glenn. Basic Teachings of the Buddha. New York: The Modern Library, 2007.