DN16: How to explain this WRONG explanation about earthquakes?

Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.

How do you explain this blatant error?

The Buddha was not omniscient and only had the three knowledges. He could have been wrong about other things.
The Buddha was omniscient but spoke what was understood at his time, like the explanation about Nibbāna and a🕯️.
Geologists are wrong. The Buddha is right.
Scribal error.
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Later edition of the sutta (since it's not found in the equivalent Agama).
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Re: DN16: How to explain this WRONG explanation about earthquakes?

Post by Coëmgenu »

Check out verse 6 of the 25th chapter of the Advaita text the Yogavasistha of Valmiki:
The earth like a lotus is situated on the surface of the waters of the ocean, which make it shake at times, and cause the earthquake by their motion. It is supported upon the serpent Vasuki serving for its understalk, and is girt about by demons as its thorns and prickles.

https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book ... 18079.html
Then, the monks sang this gāthā:

These bodies are like foam.
Them being frail, who can rejoice in them?
The Buddha attained the vajra-body.
Still, it becomes inconstant and rots.
The many Buddhas are vajra-entities.
All are also subject to inconstancy.
Quickly ended, like melting snow --
how could things be different?

The Buddha passed into parinirvāṇa afterward.

(T1.27b10 Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra DĀ 2)
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