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Unformatted text preview: his belt, his subject of study¡ his topic of inquiry¢ his explanations¡ and His pracTce of yoga ..££ "FurtHermore¡ monks¡ there are four pLaces on earth that Laymen and Laywomen endowed with faith sHouLd recaLL aLL tHeir lives¤ Which four? ¥he pLaces where¡ [as piLgrims]¡ they wiLL say: '¦ere the BLessed One was born; here¡ he attained unsurpassed complete en§ightenment¨ here he set in motion¡ three times and in tweLve ways¡ the Wheel of the Dharma© and here he attained the state of compLete nirvAQaª« Going to these pLaces¡ af- ter mY death¡ they sHouLd circumambuLate the shrines there and pay homage to them ¬¬ªª LL those who do so¡ witH minds fi§§ed with faith for me¡ wiLL¡ at the time of their death¡ be reborn in heaven ®¯ªª ° ¥hen the BLessed One said to the monks± "Monks¡ do not hesitate to ask me¡ if you have any doubts or uncertainties about the Buddha¡ the Dharma¢ and the Sangha or about suffering²its origination¡ its cessation¡ or tHe path to its cessation²and I wiLL eLucidate these points for you³ It may be that you are feeLing´ µWhy shou§d we troubLe the Master with our questions now?¶ Do not think that¢ but make your doubts known¡ as one monk to anotHer¡ one friend to another¡ and I wiLL cLarify them·¸ nd [when no monks had any questions¹¡ the Venerable ºnanda said ¯»¼ ½ ¾Not a single monk in this assembLy has any doubt¡ any uncer¿ tainty as to the points raised earlier! ¥His has been done by the ¥athAgata for the sake of those peop§e who wiLL foLLow hereafterÀ° ¥Hen the BLessed One took off his outer robe and saidÁ ¾Monks¡ gaze now upon the body of the ¥athAgataÂ EXamine tHe body of tHe ¥atHAgata! now upon the body of the ¥athAgataÂ EXamine tHe body of tHe ¥atHAgata!...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course RELS 142 at San Jose State University .