Dan74 wrote:Is the story of Siddhartha leaving Yasodhara and Rahula part of early suttas or likely to be a later addition?
Well, evidently he did, because the stories of Rahula and his inclusion in the Sangha have an appearance in the suttas.
What is potentially up for grabs is the specifics surrounding his departure into the homeless life. In terms of Buddhist hagiography, it's often hard to separate fact from enthusiastic embellishment.
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'." (Snp 3.6)
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)