The Evolution of the Pagoda
by Mariah Scee, Patrick Buchanan, Nate Dwelley, Renee Gravelle (Bangor High School, 2001)
"At this time two men meeting him in his majestic glory gave the Buddha their traveling provisions of parched grain and honey. The Buddha told them what brigns happiness to men and gods; these two men were the first two to hear the Five Commandments and the Ten Virtues of Buddhism. When they had received the religious teachings they requested something to worship. The Buddha gave them his hair and his nail parings. The two men, about to return to their native country, begged to have a rule and pattern for their worship services. Thereupon the Buddha took his three garments, folded them into four, piled them on the ground, beginning with the largest and ending with the smallest. Next he took his begging bowl and inverted it on top of his garments. Finally he placed his beggar's staff on top and said to them, "This is how to make a stupa." - Xuanzang, by Sally Wriggins.