Without haste or hurry, the herdsman rides home on the back of the bull.
Far through the evening mist carries the sound of his flute,
Note for note, tune for tune, all carry this boundless mood;
Hearing it, not need to ask how the herdsman feels.
Pointing ahead towards the dyke where his home appears...
Sir Aurel Stein is a figure who strides across European archeology for his work along the Silk Road. However, academic field work was also a cover for plundering another countries treasures; a controversy that still ricochets down the years.
Following the Buddha's Parinirvana on 15th February, the 1st Buddhist council was charged with reciting the Dharma and the Vinaya for posterity. The text narrates the arhatship of Ananda so he could recount his recollections to the council.