his stay in the village the Buddha fell seriously ill. After
he recovered, he told Ananda: "Ananda, by now the Sangha
should know the way to practice, be able to check their practice
and attain nirvana. I do not keep any secrets. With all my
heart I wish the best for all the monks and nuns. I am an
old man now. You should depend on yourselves. You should rely
on the Dharma."