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The Wanderer's Last Journey

Aakash Singh Rathore and Ajay Verma

in B.R. Ambedkar

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198068679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068679.003.0007
The Wanderer's Last Journey

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This chapter illustrates the final years of the Buddha. Although during the last days of his life, the Buddha remained steadfast to his missionary work and continued to visit some places to preach the Dhamma. Some the places he often were the Shravasti, Rajagraha, Vesali, and Ukkatha. It also discusses the last meetings of the Buddha with his family and his disciple Sariputta. The chapter also tackles his last journey, his departure from Vesali, and his arrival in Kusinara, his death place. Included as well are: His refusal to appoint a successor to his Dhamma; Subhadda, the last covert of Buddha; and his last words have also been discussed. It also narrates the lament of Ananda who was the Buddha's loyal attendant till his death and the lament of Mallas. It also discusses the last rites given to the Buddha, the dispute over his ashes and the Bhikkhus' loyalty to the Buddha.

Keywords: Buddha; Dhamma; Shravasti; Rajagraha; Vesali; Ukkatha; Sariputta; Ananda; Bhikkhus' loyalty

Chapter.  7756 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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