February 15th
The Shakyamuni Buddha Nirvana Day Service

The service to remember Shakyamuni Buddhafs entering Nirvana (or passing away) falls on this day. According to records, he passed away at the outskirts of Kushinagar during his final journey of propagation, where he became unable to move due to his ailing condition. Lying in a bed prepared between twin Sala trees by his disciples, with his head to the north and face to the west, he passed away quietly at midnight, while encouraging numerous people and disciples surrounding him, caught in great grief and sorrow.

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