What a wonderful passage and story! I think that just as the Buddha spoke in different ways at different times, depending on his audience, the wisdom he shared might be phrased in different ways also, and still maintain it's core message? The important thing (imo) is that we are able to use the words imparted to guide our chosen community's actions and practice now, here, in the present.
May the Dhamma Wheel become such a community, as Buddha described.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009