gavesako wrote:You may have heard the phrase "84,000 dhammakkhandha" (Dhamma teachings) which is the traditional Theravada description of the complete Buddha's Teaching. Of course in the commentaries (atthakatha) it is explained in this way, which cannot be historically true:
Sutta pitaka = 21,000 dhammakkhandhas
Vinaya pitaka = 21,000 dhammakkhandhas
Abhidhamma pitaka = 42,000 dhammakkhandhas
That means all the Dhamma teachings remembered by Ananda, as he recited them at the First Sangayana, or we could call it the "original Sutta texts" before more texts have been added later. We can regard these as the authentic teachings, some of them words of the Buddha (buddhavacana) and some of them the words of direct disciples of the Buddha (e.g. Theragatha, Therigatha, and the Suttas spoken by Sariputta, Moggallana, Ananda, Kaccayana, Dhammadinna, etc.).
Sanghamitta wrote:As a side bar issue, what concerns me about the use of the concept is that it can become very sloppy. One sees it used on Buddhist websights to justify a whole range of practices and views as Buddha Dhamma...I have seen kundalini yoga, crystal healing, Osho etc all jusified in the name of the " 84.000 gates ".
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