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The Gospel of Buddha:Chapter 82: A Party in Search of a Thief

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Having sent out his disciples,
the Blessed One himself wandered from place to place
until he reached Uruvela. [1]

On his way he sat down in a grove to rest,
and it happened that in that same grove
there was a party of thirty friends
who were enjoying themselves with their wives;
and while they were sporting,
some of their goods were stolen. [2]

Then the whole party went in search of the thief and,
meeting the Blessed One sitting under a tree, saluted him and said:
"Pray, Lord, didst thou see the thief pass by with our goods?" [3]

And the Blessed One said:
"Which is better for you,
that you go in search for the thief or for yourselves?"
And the youths cried:
"In search for ourselves!" [4]

"Well, then," said the Blessed One,
"sit down and I will preach the truth to you." [5]

And the whole party sat down
and they listened eagerly to the words of the Blessed One.
Having grasped the truth, they praised the doctrine
and took refuge in the Buddha. [6]

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