According to tradition, the Buddha died near the town of Kushinagara in Northern India near the border with Nepal. He died of food poisoning after accepting an offering of food that had gone bad. The texts do not agree on the contents of the meal; some say it was spoiled pork, others poisonous mushrooms. As the news that the Buddha was dying spread, his grief-stricken followers gathered around him to hear the Buddha’s final teaching before he left the world forever.
This video is a clip from the feature length documentary film "The Buddha" from director David Grubin. The film can be viewed in its entirety on the web at "The Buddha" on PBS Video. It will also be rebroadcast on PBS on December 22nd (check local listings).
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