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According to the history of Buddha Shakyamuni, after crossing the city of Kapilavastu, he cut his hair and left home. When he attained enlightenment, converted disciples, established the Sangha, the Blessed One and the monks and bhikkhunis shaved their hair every fortnight and took the form of “round head, square shirt”.

Image from the movie Buddha (Life of Buddha)

The reason for shaping Buddha having hair is due to the appearance of his humiliation and curly hair to his right.

The next humiliation, according to the Hue Quang Buddhist Dictionary (volume IV, p.3384), Usnisa Sanskrit, Chinese translation of the Buddha’s birthday, the humiliation of the next general… is the flesh and bone (with books saying the meat tufts) on the crown of the Buddha floating high. up like a bun, one of the 32 great macho generals of the Buddhas. In the humiliation plan, there is a climax that cannot be seen by all gods and humans, so it is called the general of no view. The humiliation and non-judgment of the prime minister is a good sign of the wisdom of the Buddhas.

When shaping, painting or sculpting the Buddha image, the humiliation sign (a raised bun), the unidentified general, and the right side curly hair (along with other good signs) must be prominently depicted. clearly expressed, so we see that he still has hair.

Regarding the Buddha’s last meal, based on the Long Sutra (No. 16, Mahaparinirvana Sutra), the Blessed One knew very well and fully took the initiative to enjoy this meal: “And in the morning, the Blessed One covered it. y, taking the bowl and robe, together with the bhikkhus, went to Cunda’s ironworker’s house, and when he had finished, he sat on the prepared seat. After sitting, the Blessed One said to the ironworker Cunda:

– Hey, Cunda, the prepared wood ear, prepare it for me. As for the other prepared dishes, hard and soft, serve them to the bhikkhus.

– Please, Venerable Sir!

The ironworker Cunda obeyed the Blessed One, and served the Blessed One with prepared wood ear dishes, and served the bhikkhus with other dishes, both hard and soft.

Then the Blessed One said to the ironworker Cunda:

– Hey, Cunda, the remaining wood ear dishes, you should bury in a hole. Cunda, I don’t see a single person in the heavenly realm, in the human realm, in the demon world, or in the brahma world, not a single one of the recluses and brahmins, among the gods and men, eating wood. This ear can be digested, except for the Tathagata.

– Please, Venerable Sir!

The ironworker Cunda obeyed the Blessed One, buried the remaining wood ear food in a hole, went to the Blessed One, bowed to him, and sat down to one side. Then the Blessed One preached the Dharma to the ironworker Cunda, who was sitting to one side, encouraging, encouraging, and exulting, and got up from his seat and departed.

After eating the meal of the ironworker Cunda, the Blessed One became seriously ill, with dysentery, suffering from near death, and the Blessed One was mindful, alert, patient, and endured the illness.”

And also in the Long Sutra (No. 16, the Great Bowl of Nirvana), the Buddha had foreseen the speculations (poisoned) that might happen to Cunda, so he told the Venerable Ananda:

“It is very likely, Ananda, that someone will make Cunda the ironworker regret: ‘Friend Cunda, it is not beneficial to you, it is harmful to you, for the Tathagata takes his last meal as an offering from you. , and enter annihilation’.

It is necessary, Ananda, to dispel that remorse of the ironworker Cunda: ‘It is meritorious for you, friend, to have the Tathagata’s last meal of your offering, and pass away. Friend Cunda, I have personally heard and personally received this saying of the Blessed One: There are two food offerings, one retribution, the same result, the same result, the retribution is greater and more beneficial than the offerings. seem to eat differently? how is two? One is the meal before the Tathagata attains Unsurpassed Perfect Enlightenment, the other is the meal before the Tathagata passes away from Nirvana, no longer inheriting birth and death. These two meals have the same result, the same result, the result is greater, more beneficial than other food and drink offerings. Through this act Venerable Cunda will enjoy longevity; thanks to this action, Venerable Cunda will enjoy beauty; thanks to this action, Venerable Cunda will enjoy peace; by this act Venerable Cunda will enjoy fame; thanks to this action, Venerable Cunda will enjoy heaven; By this action Venerable Cunda will enjoy authority’.

It is necessary, Ananda, that the ironworker Cunda dispel his remorse.”

Thus, it can be said that the film director’s point of view Buddha’s Life (which you see – there are a lot of movies on this subject) about the Buddha’s last meal being poisoned seems to be out of line with the sutras.

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