Buddha's Last action

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Buddha's Last action

Postby waimengwan » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:43 am

I read somewhere that the Buddha removed his robes then laid down and asked his disciples to look at his body. I am guessing that the Buddha wanted his students and future practitioners to know that even a Buddha's form body is subject to decay and impermanence.

Please share if there are other understandings about this. Thanks.
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Re: Buddha's Last action

Postby DAWN » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:47 am

DN 16
Maha-parinibbana Sutta
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Re: Buddha's Last action

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:53 am

waimengwan wrote:I read somewhere that the Buddha removed his robes then laid down and asked his disciples to look at his body. I am guessing that the Buddha wanted his students and future practitioners to know that even a Buddha's form body is subject to decay and impermanence.

Please share if there are other understandings about this. Thanks.


Perhaps it would be a good idea to quote from and provide a citation to the text.
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Re: Buddha's Last action

Postby waimengwan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:46 pm

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Re: Buddha's Last action

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:44 pm

I think there's a mahayana version of the mahaparinibbana sutta.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: Buddha's Last action

Postby daverupa » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:07 pm

That quote isn't attested in the Nikayas. The Buddha never refers to his body as "this holy body" at any time, as happens on that website.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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