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The Buddha's Final Rest
Sister Vajira, Francis Story (Last Days of the Buddha, Chp. 5, DN 16) Wisdom Quarterly edit
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1. Then the Buddha addressed Venerable Ananda: "Come, Ananda, let us cross to the farther shore of the river Hiraññavati and go to the Malla Clan's Sal-tree Grove, in the vicinity of Kusinara [Kushinagar]" - "So be it, venerable sir."
2. The Blessed One, together with a large company of monastics, went to the farther shore, and there he spoke:
3. "Please, Ananda, prepare for me a resting spot between the twin sal trees, with the head to the north. I am weary, Ananda, and want to lie down."
- COMMENTARY: "From the town of Pava it is three leagues (gavutas) to Kusinara. Walking that distance with great effort and sitting down at 25 places along the way, the Blessed One reached the Sal tree Grove at dusk after the sun had already set. Thus illness befalls humans, crushing all our health. As if one wanted to point to this fact, the Blessed One spoke those words which deeply moved the world: 'I am weary, Ananda, and want to lie down.'"
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