Author: Venerable Dhammika
Product Type: Softcover Book
An English Rendering of the Satapancasatka
The poet Mātṛceṭa was born in India in about the first century A.D., and was converted from Hinduism to Buddhism by the great philosopher Āryadeva. He wrote about a dozen works, some of such beauty that he came to be regarded as one of India's greatest poets.
The name Śatapaï¿½cāśatka literally means â€œHymn in a Hundred and Fifty Versesâ€.
Mātṛceṭa's hymn is an expression of a deep devotion to the Buddha and an admiration of his qualities.
Mātṛceṭa highlights the Buddha's gentleness, his non-retaliation, his patience and his other qualities, knowing that when we have a deep admiration for someone it is natural to try to emulate him. One feels that he used his poetic skills to the full in the hope that we would be inspired enough to make the Buddha our model and follow his example.
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