What is the Buddha’s last instruction from Mary Oliver's poem?

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The Buddha's last instruction, evidently, was to "Make of yourself a light" (line 1). It is generally accepted that this is what the Buddha's final words were. The speaker of the poem thinks about these words each morning as the sun starts to rise and the day begins. He might, she thinks, have said anything when he lay down to die, as he knew he was nearing death. The speaker describes the birth of day, watching the light move up and spread over the...

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