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Aged 80, the Buddha took a moment to rest and informed his disciples he would soon enter parinirvana, the state that occurs whenever the physical body of a person who has achieved total awakening or enlightenment finally dies. He consumed his final meal and after that grew to become violently ill. He asked his followers for any inquiries they had and when there were none he gave them his last directions. “All composite things pass away. Strive for your own liberation with diligence.” Tradition states that that when his body was put between the sala trees, the plants bloomed, though it was not the season.
This is the moment symbolized by the reclining Buddha statue.