Nirvana Day: The Buddha’s Final Words

Cherry Blossoms at Chion-in

From the Parinibbana Sutta (DN 16) of the Pali Canon:

And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: “Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!”

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

More Nirvana Day.

Namo Shaka Nyorai

P.S. The term bhikkhu is the proper term for a Buddhist monk just as we call Jewish priests rabbis or Islamic elders imams. The term Tathagata is another term for the Buddha.

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