Dharma Verse Stories
Dharma Verse Stories (T 211) is a Chinese translation of stories that serve as background tales and commentary to the Chinese Dharmapāda (T 210).
Below is a list of the English translations currently available with brief synopses of their contents. Pali equivalents are listed in () and the source text is indicated in .
Chapter 1: Impermanence
- Śakra Attains Stream Entry (v.1-2)
Just before passing away in the Trayastriṃśa Heaven, Śakra earnestly takes refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Saṅgha. He’s briefly reborn to a potter’s wife, but she miscarries, and Śakra is immediately reborn as Śakra again. When he returns to the Buddha to tell this tale, the Buddha recites verses 1-2 of the Dharmapāda. Śakra has an epiphany and attains stream entry.
- King Prasenajit’s Queen (v.3)
Prasenajit’s elderly wife passes away abruptly after falling ill. The king passes by the Buddha as he returns from the funeral, and the Buddha recite verse 3 of the Dharmapāda.