tiltbillings wrote:Well, so much for your claim. Nothing here to take seriously, then, it would seem.
Again, I'll point out that it wasn't my claim...I didn't state an opinion either way.
Tilt, have you noticed that people claim on this board all time that there was an actual living Buddha? Likely you don't even give it a thought when they do - you, like most of them, read in buddhist books that he existed - no further verification needed. I've never heard you demand "Back up your claim" to any of them. So why the big fluff about a claim (not mine) that he may not have existed?
I realize that if you have a lot of emotion invested in the idea of a Buddha that actually lived that a suggestion by scholars that he may be a conceptual devise might be uncomfortable, but to me its pretty insignificant and not worth a mad dash to the bookshelves just to comfort you.