Thanks for the link, I would like some of our senior members to read the article and see what they think.
pulga wrote:Do you really believe you'll ever arrive at any apodictic conclusion in the matter?
pulga wrote:daverupa wrote:Well, it does help to circumscribe the possible length of time between the Buddha's teaching career and Asoka's missions, which helps to define the shape of the period within which the Nikayas formed up. In relation to the Dhamma which these texts indicate, this knowledge can be significant.
Do you really believe you'll ever arrive at any apodictic conclusion in the matter? The whole topic reminds me what the Buddha was trying to convey in the Brahmajalasutta: all historical theories, be they speculations about the past, the present, or the future, are a net of views derived from phassa.
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