The Chariot of Dharma

Ananda once saw the famous Brahman Janussoni, a disciple of the Buddha, driving along in his glorious, white chariot. He heard the people exclaim that the chariot of the priest of King Pasenadi’s court was the most beautiful and best of all. Ananda reported this to the Buddha and asked him how one could describe the best chariot according to Dharma. The Buddha explained what the vehicle to Nirvana had to consist of: the draft-animals had to be faith and wisdom, moral shame the brake, intellect the reins, mindfulness the charioteer, virtue the accessories, concentration the axle, energy the wheels, equanimity the balance, renunciation the chassis; the weapons were love, harmlessness and solitude, and patience its armour.