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Earliest Buddhist Teaching

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Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby xmp333 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:07 pm

Hi,


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!

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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby Prasadachitta » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:59 pm

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby santa100 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:45 pm

Also check out Bhikkhu Bodhi's wonderful lectures series on Sutta Nipata at:

http://bodhimonastery.org/sutta-nipata.html

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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:36 pm

The Sutta Nipata book of 8's is thought to be old, but I do not know about the earliest.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby ancientbuddhism » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:25 pm

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)


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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:05 pm



I have heard that the language of the Anguttara Nikaya and Sutta Nipata makes it appear to be the oldest known teachings.

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Re: Earliest Buddhist Teaching

Postby ancientbuddhism » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:59 pm

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)


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Re: Earliest Teaching: British Library scrolls

Postby zippymarmalade » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:30 pm

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... um_Scrolls

Here is it said the scrolls are in the British Museum, London. They are actually held in the British Library, London.
It would be useful if somebody with the necessary level of permission can edit the WIKI page as the present information is not correct.

Here is a link to one of the Library's publications
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Dm8a ... milarbooks

Thanks!


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