When he had flown to the sky like a bird,
That foremost of men was thrilled and amazed;
then, perceiving that emblem of dharma,
he set his mind on how he might leave home.
–The Life of Buddha by Asvaghosa, translated by Patrick Olivelle, being studied this spring semester for the first time in the Core. Alumni are welcome to attend the special Thursday event, when Prof. Eckel will be lecturing on this text.