Buddha's Dates

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Buddha's Dates

Postby Will » Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:22 pm

I have seen over half-a-dozen; some clustered around 500 bce, others earlier, others later. But now there is this one - 1800 bce! Their evidence is pretty good, but I have questions. See my last post in this Dharma Wheel thread:

http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f= ... 70&start=0
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Re: Buddha's Dates

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:47 pm

There is a saying in the sciences - "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs" - which I think applies here.
The evidence for a date between 500 and 400 bce is strong, but this writer dismisses it without giving any evidence against it. On the other end of his argument,he makes a lot of quite unlikely claims without any supporting evidence.
Try this thread http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4073 for more discussion.

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