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by BudSas
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 315
Views: 227983

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

According to Frauwallner, the Abhidhamma was probably composed between 200 BCE and 200 CE(Abhidharma-Studien IV. Der Abhidharma der anderen Schulen, WZKS 15, 1971b:106). 200 CE appears to be an exaggeration. The Abhidhamma was recited at the Third Council in approx. 250 BCE and written down on the ...
by BudSas
Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 315
Views: 227983

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Again, if we are just taking the Classic Theravada position, then there is absolutely no need to debate. Why? Because the Abhidhamma is the word of the Buddha. The texts say so, therefore it must be true. Strictly speaking, as I wrote earlier, the Pali Abhidhamma Pitaka does not contain the recorde...
by BudSas
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 315
Views: 227983

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Apart from Asanga's Samuccaya, and an oblique reference to a Mahayana Abhidharma Sutra Sastra (whatever the heck that possible oxymoron is!), there is really no such thing as a Mahayana Abhidharma. I agree. In the Chinese (Korean/Japanese) Tipitaka, there is a Abhidhamma Collection (Taisho, volumes...
by BudSas
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 315
Views: 227983

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Afaik, the classical position regarding abhidhamma pitaka goes like this (someone please correct me if I’m wrong): 1. Buddha preached abhidhamma in Tavatimsa. 2. Then he gave the summaries (matikas) of his Tavatimsa sermons to Sariputta. 3. Sariputta then organized and fleshed out these matikas int...
by BudSas
Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu
Replies: 53
Views: 9455

Re: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu

I have finally listened to the 2-hour talk by Stephen Batchelor (thank you, tiltbillings) on Buddha nature. Batchelor contrasts Buddha nature with Mara nature, saying that these are two sides of the same coin, and that it depends on our effort which one we develop. I think this understanding is hel...
by BudSas
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The accessibility of arahantship today
Replies: 15
Views: 3481

Re: The accessibility of arahantship today

From Mahaparinibbana Sutta (D.16, translated by Bhikkhu Thanissaro): ... the Blessed One said, "In any doctrine & discipline where the noble eightfold path is not found, no contemplative of the first... second... third... fourth order [stream-winner, once-returner, non-returner, or arahant] is found...