Buddhism was history’s first religion of peace which spread all over Asia, including its western regions, without any use of force.
The life stories of Lord Buddha by various authors are not complete, and end when he takes up the role of the preacher. He tours for several decades and lays the foundation of his unusual religion. As he grows olf, his life takes a different turn, and several of these years are highly instructive and interesting. Fortunately, these years are recorded in the famous Mahaparinibbana Sutta, which is presented in The Last Days of Lord Buddha, unabridged. It also completes the story of his life devoted to a new philosophy and the movement that developed round it in later days, and which still continues today.
An added chapter is the famous sutta Sukhavati Vyuhu, a detailed description of the Land of Bliss.
T.W. Rhys Davids