On the full moon day of February more than 2500 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha – the Good Father was absent from the world. Up to now, we can only see him through the teachings he left behind.
Why did the Buddha choose to be born in a forest?
We invite you to learn about the touching stories, full of boundless compassion, of the Buddha before he entered Nirvana through the teachings of Master Thich Truc Thai Minh.
Story #1: Buddha received poisonous mushrooms
Cunda (also known as Thuan Da), was an iron blacksmith, he had great reverence for the Buddha. So, knowing that the Buddha and the Sangha were coming, Sentence Verseshe pleaded Buddha Please make offerings to the Lord. With all his respect, he carefully prepared hard and soft dishes with great care, especially he cooked a delicious pot of mushroom porridge with milk.
At that time, the Buddha told Mr. Cunda that this mushroom porridge was only for him and not for anyone else; the remaining porridge should be buried. Because he knows that there is no one in the heavens, the human realms, the demon worlds, the Brahma worlds; Not a single one of us Samanas, Brahmins or anyone else, eats this food that can be digested, except you. Through this, we learn a wonderful lesson from the compassion of the Buddha, who is a teacher who always takes risks for himself and gives his disciples what is good.
A long time after eating that food, the Buddha became seriously ill, with symptoms of dysentery, severe pain, but the Buddha was still righteous, alert, patient, tamed, and endured the illness.
The Buddha knew everything in advance, he knew this was the cause and effect for him to enter Nirvana:
– “The meal of Sujàtà offered to the Tathagata before the attainment of the path and fruition, and the meal of Cunda offered before the Tathagata Nirvana; both meals bring equal blessings, produce equal results; and precious, nobler than all other offerings. The good karma of these two meals will bring happiness to many generations, long life, rich fortune and fame, often enjoy the blessings of heaven or kings, nobility and nobility!”.
After that, the Buddha told Venerable Ananda that, if anyone has questions about the “problematic” meal, he also explains the same to “clear” Cunda and explain to the four of them.
Not only that, he knew that sentient beings at the end of the Dharma would have wrong views and wrong views. Specifically, the view that cultivators who are ill will not be able to attain enlightenment; cultivators who have attained enlightenment will not get sick before giving up the sambhogakaya. And this last meal is also the cause and condition that he manifests a sick body to bring about the right view for sentient beings that the sick person is not unenlightened and the enlightened person is not free from illness.
Story #2: Venerable Ananda with a bowl of cloudy river water
Leaving Cunda’s house, the Buddha went to Kusinara. Then he felt tired and wanted to sit down, the Buddha asked the venerable Ananda to spread his clothes for him to lie down and get water from the river that had just 500 horse-drawn carriages passed, the water became shallow, agitated and cloudy. Venerable Ananda saw this and told the Buddha to go to another river to get purer, more pleasant and fresh water.
However, the second time, the third time, the Buddha still told the venerable Ananda to go get water, so the venerable obeyed. Returning to the river, Venerable Ananda was very surprised:
“How wonderful, how rare, how wonderful and powerful the Tathagata is. This little river that is flowing shallowly, stirring and turbid, when I come, becomes clear, bright, and unclouded.”
From there, it can be seen that the Buddha showed this condition to affirm that: Even if a practitioner attains enlightenment, the capacity of merit will not be reduced, the capacity of the mind will not be affected.
This is a wonderful manifestation of the Buddha, helping to solve doubts and purify the mind of Venerable Ananda and for sentient beings, not losing the faith of sentient beings even though they are sick.
Story 3: The Buddha diligently saved birth until the last moment
Buddha is the teacher of all Gods and people, his everything is extremely exemplary and perfect. His whole life was for the peace and happiness of all sentient beings. During the 49 years of saving sentient beings, the Buddha’s daily work schedule was divided into five periods: a morning time, a noon time, the first watch of the evening, the middle watch and the last watch of the night.
Every morning, the Buddha used his celestial eye to look around the world to see who had enough conditions for him to come to the rescue. If the person needed to come to the altar, He would personally come on foot. In particular, there are cases where he can use supernatural powers to save that person, such as the story of him converting Angulimala from a notorious bandit to becoming an honest and ordained person, later becoming a monk. Holy Sangha Arahant.
After that, he will go for alms until noon, and then he will receive a meal depending on his circumstances. At noon, the Buddha lay still (resting), resting for a bit. After that, he spent time educating bhikkhus from far away to ask him for instruction. Around the afternoon (about 15:00 to 18:00) is the time when he will answer questions and doubts from kings and officials, below to ordinary people or those who wish to meet the Buddha, ask the Buddha to teach.
The first watch of the evening from 18:00 to 22:00, the Buddha reserved exclusively for the Bhikkhu-stilts near to stay with him. The middle watch from 22:00 to 1 – 2 o’clock is the time he spends with the gods: Brahma, De Thich, and Four Heavenly Kings, who are in the heavens, please ask him to teach. The last watch from 2:00 p.m. to about 5-6 a.m. is divided into four parts:
+ The first part is from 2 to 3 hours, the Buddha walks.
+ From 3 to 4 am, he lay down to relax and meditate.
+ From 4-5 am, he entered great compassion concentration and spread loving-kindness everywhere, soothing the minds of sentient beings.
+ After that, He surveyed the world to see who had enough conditions, He would come to save.
Through the Buddha’s one-day work schedule, we see that his whole life is indeed a life of saving sentient beings, every moment he is for the benefit of sentient beings. Buddha is a special person, all day peace, all day benefit for all sentient beings and until the moments before entering Nirvana, he is still diligent in saving birth.
In the hours before he passed into Nirvana, there was a 120-year-old non-Buddhist monk, Tu Bat Da La, who was very eager to meet the Blessed One. Afraid that the Buddha was tired, Ananda and the Sangha prevented him from entering.
The Maitreya Sutra – The Buddha’s last instruction before entering Nirvana
The Buddha read the sincere mind of Subhuti, and he agreed to let him in. With Subhuti’s questions, the Buddha informed him with a brief Dharma session. Tu Bat Da La was imbued with the Buddha’s words, engraved in his mind, he was overjoyed, overjoyed, knelt down, asked to be ordained, and received great ordination as his disciple. Tu Bat Da La alone was peaceful, not distracted, diligent, lived ardently, diligently and very soon after, he attained Arahantship, no longer returning to samsara. Venerable Tu Bat Da La was the last disciple to be saved by the Blessed One while he was still alive.
Story #4: The Buddha left the teachings of the four disciples
In the cool forest, between two sala trees with four branches reaching high and spreading, flowers bloom brilliantly and are full of incense. The Buddha lay on his back on a flat rock, his head turned to the north, his face to the west. The bhikkhus sat around quietly like a meditating forest. Amidst the chirping of birds, a few petals falling softly, the Buddha preached the Migration Sutras, which are the last teachings left to two monastic and lay disciples. One of His instructions is as follows:
“If, Ananda, one of you thinks, ‘The teacher’s speech is no more. We don’t have a guru.” O Ananda, do not have such thoughts. I have taught and expounded, Ananda, that after I have passed away, it will be that Dharma and Discipline that will be your guru.”
– “Monks, if any Male-stilts have doubts or doubts about the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha, the Way or the method; time, bhikkhus, ask yourselves. Then have no regrets: The Master is present before us, but we do not ask the Blessed One in person.” The Buddha repeated that, the second, the third time and the Sangha remained silent. He knew that, among the bhikkhus, there was not a single person who doubted or wondered about the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha, the way, or the method.
He said to the bhikkhus the last words:
“Now, bhikkhus, I advise you: ‘Facted things are impermanent, be diligent, do not be distracted’.
Those were the last words of the Tathagata, then he entered the jhānas and passed away.
The words of Buddha These are the words of a father who loves his son very much before he dies. We see that he is always diligent and does not decrease, his aspiration to save birth, his compassion and love for sentient beings also never decreases until his last breath. This is something very special. And to do this requires a very great love, such a boundless love for sentient beings.
Through the teachings of Master Thich Truc Thai Minh with the above four stories, we can see his boundless compassion, every moment he worries and loves sentient beings even when his body is sick and in severe pain but he still patient, not a single complaint. His compassion is infinite compassion, regardless of caste or class. He saw that all sentient beings were suffering, were drowning in suffering, and he saw that it was his duty to save all sentient beings, whoever they were, they needed to be saved, true to nature. That’s His memory…