A Sutta Query

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A Sutta Query

Postby plwk » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:04 pm

Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
5.1. The Lord said: 'Ānanda, let us cross the Hiraññavatī River and go to the Mallas' sāl-grove in the vicinity of Kusinārā.'
'Very good, Lord', said Ānanda, and the Lord, with a large company of monks, crossed the river and went to the sāl-grove.
There the Lord said: 'Ānanda, prepare me a bed between these twin sāl-trees with my head to the north. I am tired and want to lie down.'
'Very good, Lord', said Ānanda, and did so.
Then the Lord lay down on his right side in the lion-posture, placing one foot on the other, mindful and dear­ly aware.

Does anyone know what is the or is there any significance of the bolded part?

Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga
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Re: A Sutta Query

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:22 pm

He would be facing the setting sun. Disciples paying their last respects would have a clear view of his face, not seeing it in shadow.
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