The Four Noble Truths
1. Now the Buddha spoke saying: "Come, Ananda, let us go to Kotigama."
"So be it, venerable sir." Then the Blessed One took up residence at Kotigama together with a large community of ascetics.
"What are the four? They are the noble truth of anguish; the noble truth of the origin of anguish; the noble truth of the cessation of anguish; and the noble truth of the way to the cessation of anguish.
"But now that these have been realized and penetrated, craving for rebirth is cut off, destroyed is that which leads to becoming, and there is no re-arising."
3. Thus did the Blessed One say, and further the Happy One, the Venerable One said:
|Golden Buddha (freestyle-thailand.com)|
|Mara comes as a gentleman.|
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|Mara under the Bodhi tree (sarvajan.ambedkar.org)|
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|The Buddha reclining into final nirvana, Thailand (perstephone/flickr.com)|
9. When this was said, the Blessed One spoke to Mara Namuci saying: "Do not trouble yourself, Namuci. Before long the final nirvana of the Tathagata will come about. Three months hence the Tathagata will utterly pass away." More