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The Buddha's Parents Attain Nirvana

When Suddhodana had grown old, he fell sick and sent for his son

to come and see him once more before he died; and the Blessed One

came and stayed at the sick-bed, and Suddhodana, having attained

perfect enlightenment, died in the arms of the Blessed One.

And it is said that the Blessed One, for the sake of preaching to

his mother Maya-devi, ascended to heaven and dwelt with the

devas. Having concluded his pious mission, he returned to the

earth and went about again, converting those who listened to his