2500 Years of Buddhism

6th century B.C. was once outstanding for the spiritual
unrest and highbrow ferment in lots of nations. In China
we had Lao Tzu and Confucius, in Greece Parmenides and
Empedocles, in Iran Zarathustra, in India Mahavira and the
Buddha. In that interval many notable academics worked
upon their inheritance and built new issues of
view.
The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha
is attached with 3 vital occasions within the lifetime of the
Buddha—birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. it truly is the
most sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. in line with the
Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in
544 B.C.1 although the various faculties of Buddhism have
their autonomous structures of chronology, they've got agreed
to give some thought to the full-moon day of may well 1956 to be the 2,500th
anniversary of the mahaparinirvana of Gautama the Buddha.
This booklet offers a brief account of the tale of Buddhism in
the final 2,500 years

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Important additions continued to be made to the congre­ gation of lay disciples. Anathapin

Undeterred by the expostulations of the Master, he, after the death of his father, marched against Kapilavastu and put to the sword the whole Sakya clan. Great must have been the distress of the old Master to receive the news of this massacre, in spite of his sermons on Peace. Still he kept moving from place to place, delivering his ser­ mons on morality, peace, universal love and purity. Amrapali, the famous courtesan, presented her mango-grove to the Sangha, the last great gift during the Master’s lifetime.

Ajatasatru calls him the most foolish and the most ignorant of all the teachers he had met. His doctrine is known as Viksepavada, or a doctrine which diverts the mind from the right track. According to the Samanfiaphala-sutta5, he always declined to give categorical answers to problems 1. N atthi punne ya p&ve vd n'ltthi loye iomre mirlrasm vinatttnam vitiano hoi dehino Patteyam katdne aya je bald je ya panriiyd, m n ti piced na te santi natthi *attovav&iy& (Sflya. ) 2. Santi panca mahabbhuyd ihmegetimdhiyd, dyachaffha puno dhu &yd loge ya mime Duhao na vinasaanti no ya uppajjae asatp savvt vi toavvahd bhdv& niyattlbhdvamayayd (8«ya.

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