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There is in the country a spittoon which belonged to Buddha, made o f stone, and in colour like his alms-bowl. T here is also a tooth of Buddha, for which the people have reared a tope, connected with which there are more than a thousand monks and their disciples4, all students of the h t n a y i n a . T o the east of these hills the dress of the common people is of coarse materials, as in our country of Ts*in, but here also 5 there were among them the differences of fine woollen cloth and of serge or haircloth.

The kings of various countries are also constantly sending messengers with offerings. The v ih d r a stands in a square of thirty paces, and though heaven should shake and earth be rent, this place would not move. Going on, north from this, for a y o ja n a , (Fd-hien) arrived at the capital of Nagdra, the place where the Bodhisattva once purchased with money five stalks of flowers, as an offering to the Dlpdnkara Buddha4. In the midst of the city there is also the tope of Buddha’s tooth, where offerings are made in the same way as to the flat-bone of his skull.

Under Buddha’s teaching, Ananda became an Arhat, and is famous for his strong and accurate memory; and he played an important part at the first council for the formation of the Buddhist canon. The friendship between ^ikyamuni and Ananda was very close and tender; and it is impossible to read much of what the dying Buddha said to him and of him, as related in the Mahipari-nirv^na Sfttra, without being moved almost to tears. Ananda is to reappear on earth as Buddha in another Kalpa. See E. , p. 9, and the Sacred Books of the East, vol.

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