Last Words Of Gautama Buddha To His Disciples
Dec 26, 2015
Based on extracts from The Gospel of Buddha,
complied from Ancient Records by Paul Carus, 1883
LD: The term ‘Tathagata’ is a title of the Buddha. (See endnote). Ananda, the Buddha’s cousin, was also his closest and most devoted disciple.
“SEEK YE FOR THAT WHICH IS PERMANENT
AND WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH DILIGENCE.”
I am now grown old, O Ananda, and full of years; my journey is drawing to its close. I have reached the sum of my days, I am almost eighty years old.
Just as a worn-out cart cannot be made to move along without difficulty, so the body of the Tathagata can only be kept going with much additional care.
Therefore, O Ananda, be ye lamps unto yourselves. Rely on yourselves, and do not rely on external…
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