Ananda is given well-deserved praise

Story of the Buddha - no. 87

87. On Ananda’s return, the Buddha praised him in front of the other monks. He told them: “Ananda has, at all times, been my most excellent attendant. He knew how to arrange just the right time for me to meet with visitors. He always treated all visitors well.” Later, Ananda said to the Buddha: “Lord Buddha, please do not enter nirvana in such a small and unimportant place. Please select one of the large cities, such as Rajagaha or Vesali, and enter the final nirvana there. In those cities there are many rich and powerful people who are your disciples. They can take responsibility for your holy remains.”