I am interested in the earliest exposition of Buddhist philosophy/religion in general. That is,
what have scholars dated as the earliest text that exposits Buddhism as a whole, as opposed to
a handling of a specific circumstance (like death)?
I'm interested in a single teaching and not a corpus. It need not go into detail either.
If no such thing exists (due to fragmentary texts), are there any proposed reconstructions?
Links to the (English) texts would be greatly appreciated.
I have done some web searches, but am unsure if the results are correct, especially given the more
recent Gandharan finds.
Thanks in Advance!
Doing a school paper? I don't think you'll find a Cliff's Notes survey of your wish list. K.R. Norman has covered some of the ground you mention, below is a series of his lectures which may help, but I doubt there is Q of the Buddha's teachings to be found.A Philological Approach to Buddhism
by K.R. Norman
Fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’Secure your own mask before assisting others
. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)A Handful of Leaves