Almost two years ago now I attended a series of lectures by Prof. Richard Gombrich which I find still resonating around in my psyche. One of the things Prof. Gombrich talked about was his disappointment that his article in which he had discovered the 'true' dates of the Buddha had not attracted any attention from the scholarly community. That oversight has now been corrected in a recent article by Charles Prebish in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics , which he co-founded with Damien Keown.
The Dates of the Buddha
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There is rising evidence that Prince Sidhdhartha was born in Sri Lanka then known as Janbuddweepa meaning the birthplace-jan of the budhdha-budh, Dweepaya-island. He attained budhdhahood at Hiriwadunna which is the epicenter of srilanka geographically madya mandalaya. The thripitakaya carries a lot of information on this matter which have been misinterpreted by ordinary people pruthakjana over the years. Asoka knew best.
Definition and Origins. The religious part of the education was, as in wider Korea, a mix of Buddhism , Taoism , and Confucianism with, probably, elements of shamanism which was long practised in the peninsula. The Samguk yusa adds that the boys also studied the Five Relationships, the Six Arts, the Three Scholarly Occupations, and the Six Ways of Government Service, which all contained rules of ethical behaviour and prepared the students for life in the civil service. The Five Relationships sesok ogye honour code, created by the Buddhist monk Wongwang in the early 7th century CE, best illustrates the strong association between the hwarang and the needs of the state for they were:.
Sources useful for dating this discourse include the 2,year-old Pali Canon, a 1,year-old Buddhist commentary, and more recent scholarship regarding these verses. While none of these sources can lead to an incontrovertible conclusion as to this discourse's origins, they allow one to understand analytically some of the strengths and weaknesses of various hypotheses. According to the texts, during the Buddha's lifetime, discourses were memorized and recited with a complete recitation of all recalled discourses occurring soon after his death. For centuries afterwards, this oral tradition was systematically perpetuated by monastics.