Buddha was born in Kapilavastu,Became Enlightened in Magadha,Taught in Varanasi,Entered Nirvana in Kushinagara.Now we set out Buddha's bowls;May we, with all living beings,realize the emptiness of the three wheels:giver, receiver, and gift.

This verse, which is chanted before formal meals during Zen Buddhist retreats, sets out in abbreviated form the life and career of the man who has come to be known as the Buddha. The known facts of the ...

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