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The Death of Shakyamuni

The Death of Shakyamuni The Death of the Buddha. By Mithu Das   November 13, 2019 Before he died, the last message Shakyamuni Buddha gave his disciples was: "Be a torch unto yourselves". It was December, 482 BC(?), Shakyamuni or the Buddha—who was eighty years old then—was en rout to Kuśināra (present-day Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India). He was accompanied by Ananda, his first cousin, and several other disciples. In the late December, they crossed the Ganges river and arrived at a village called Bailva. There they stayed