Mark French

Meeting the Buddha on the Road

Buddharupa hand

After the Buddha attained enlightenment, he set off from Bodhgaya in search of his five previous companions to teach them the Dhamma. On the road he met an ascetic called Upaka, who asked him, “Your faculties are clear, friend … Who is your teacher?”

The Buddha replied in verse:

“I am conqueror of all, knower of all,

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