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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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Entry into Nirvāṇa

Entry into Nirvāṇa

(p.316) 19 Entry into Nirvāṇa
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter of Sugata Saurabha describes the Buddha's last visits with his disciples in different notable places. Versions of his last sermons are redacted, ending with the events leading to his attaining final release, parinirvāna. Before this, the chapter focuses on the fixing of exact Vinaya rules, guiding future disciples on determining the true teachings from the bogus accounts. The circumstances leading to the deaths of the great disciples Sāriputra and Maudgalāyana are also described. The gift of a mango grove to the sangha by the courtesan Āmrapālī is interwoven with the Buddha's praising philanthropy but also warning monks about the dangers that women pose to the celibate religious path. Chittadhar's views on the essence of the Buddhist path are distilled in the last sermons before his death in Kushīnāra.

Keywords:   parinirvāna, Āmrapālī, Buddha, Vinaya, sermon, Sāriputra, Maudgalāyana, sangha

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