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15. Can we Know what the Historical Buddha Taught?

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1. Title Title of document 15. Can we Know what the Historical Buddha Taught? - Buddhism in Five Minutes
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Rupert Gethin; University of Bristol; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhism; Buddhist art; Buddhist ethics; Buddhist; Buddha; Nirvana; meditation; Zen;
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhism
6. Description Abstract To ask this question is to ask how the teachings of the Buddha presented in ancient Buddhist texts relate to what the historical Buddha taught. It is clear that the collections of texts regarded by Buddhists today as “the word of the Buddha” are very diverse and date from various periods. If we assume that the oldest texts—those closest in time to the historical Buddha (c. fifth century bce)—are the texts most likely to contain what the historical Buddha taught, then we must ask whether we can reliably identify a set of texts relatively close in time to the historical Buddha. The answer to this question is, in broad terms, yes, we can do this, by paying attention to ancient disputes about the authenticity of the texts, and by considering their contents.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Oct-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.40752
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Buddhism in Five Minutes
16. Language English=en en
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