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Last Days of the Buddha: The Mahaparinibbana Sutta

Last Days of the Buddha: The Mahaparinibbana Sutta

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The discourse on the final days and passing away of the Buddha. Translated by Sister Vajira & Francis Story. Wheel Publication No. 67
The discourse on the final days and passing away of the Buddha. Translated by Sister Vajira & Francis Story. Wheel Publication No. 67

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Last Daysof the Buddha
The Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
Translated from the Pāli by
Sister Vajirā& Francis Story
Buddhist Publication SocietyKandy • Sri Lanka
The Wheel Publication No. 67/68
1st edition 1964Reprinted 1974Revised edition 19882nd revised edition 1998Reprinted 2007BPS Online edition 2010Copyright © 1964, 1988, 1998, 2010 , Buddhist Publication SocietyFor free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted, and redistributed inany medium. However, any such republication and redistribution is to be made available to thepublic on a free and unrestricted basis and translations and other derivative works are to beclearly marked as such.
 
Contents
Foreword............................................................................................................................................4Foreword to the Revised Edition....................................................................................................4Introduction.......................................................................................................................................5
T
HE
M
AHĀPARINIBBĀNA
S
UTTA
Part One — In Magadha......................................................................................................................7Conditions of a Nation’s Welfare....................................................................................................8Welfare of the Bhikkhus...................................................................................................................9Seven Good Qualities.....................................................................................................................10Seven Factors of Enlightenment....................................................................................................10Seven Perceptions...........................................................................................................................10Six Conditions to be Remembered...............................................................................................11Counsel to the Bhikkhus................................................................................................................11Sāriputta’s Lion’s Roar ..................................................................................................................12The Fruits of an Immoral and a Moral Life..................................................................................14Crossing the Ganges.......................................................................................................................16Part Two — The Journey To Vesālī...................................................................................................16The Four Noble Truths...................................................................................................................16The Four Specific Attainments......................................................................................................16The Mirror of the Dhamma............................................................................................................17Mindfulness and Clear Comprehension......................................................................................18Ambapālī and the Licchavis..........................................................................................................18The Blessed One’s Deadly Sickness..............................................................................................20Part Three — Relinquishing the Will to Live...................................................................................22The Blessed One’s Prompting.......................................................................................................22Māra’s Appeal.................................................................................................................................23The Blessed One Relinquishes His Will to Live..........................................................................23Eight Causes of Earthquakes.........................................................................................................24Eight Assemblies.............................................................................................................................25Eight Fields of Mastery...................................................................................................................25Eight Liberations.............................................................................................................................26Māra’s Former Temptation............................................................................................................27Ānanda’s Appeal............................................................................................................................28The Last Admonition......................................................................................................................29Part Four — The Last Meal................................................................................................................30The Elephant’s Look.......................................................................................................................30The Four Great References.............................................................................................................31The Buddha’s Last Meal.................................................................................................................32The Clearing of the Waters............................................................................................................33Pukkusa the Malla..........................................................................................................................34At the Kakutthā River.....................................................................................................................36Relieving Cunda’s Remorse...........................................................................................................36Part Five — At Kusinārā....................................................................................................................37Last Place of Rest.............................................................................................................................37The Grief of the Gods.....................................................................................................................38Ānanda’s Concern..........................................................................................................................38Four Places of Pilgrimage..............................................................................................................39Ānanda’s Grief ................................................................................................................................412
 
Praise of Ānanda.............................................................................................................................41The Past Glory of Kusinārā............................................................................................................42Lamentation of the Mallas.............................................................................................................43The Last Convert.............................................................................................................................43The Lion’s Roar...............................................................................................................................43Part Six — The Passing Away...........................................................................................................45The Blessed One’s Final Exhortation............................................................................................45How the Blessed One Passed into Nibbāna.................................................................................46The World’s Echo............................................................................................................................47Homage to the Remains.................................................................................................................48Partition of the Relics......................................................................................................................51
Footnote references:
DNgha Nikāya, followed by sutta number.MNMajjhima Nikāya, follwed by sutta number.ANAṅguttara Niya, followed by book:sutta number.3

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