Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

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Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:55 pm

Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

If yes who first brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka?
Is there any support for these two claims?
PS: Sri Lankans celebrate the visit of Arahant Mahinda to Sri Lanka in June every year.

Wonderful story telling by Ven. Anandajoti ellustrated with beautful pictures.
Whether this story was true or false it should be protected.
This is the legends of Sri Lanka. People love this story evn though it contains so many contradictions.
There are many interesting story telling about Dhamma propagation in india and Sri Lanka by Ven. Anandajoti in the Youtube.

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Re: Was Buddhism there in Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka?

Post by robertk » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:01 am

People love this story evn though it contains so many contradictions
What contradictions did you uncover?

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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by SarathW » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:29 am

There is a place call Sri Pada in Sri Lanka.
All Buddhist, Hindus, Christians and Muslim claim that as their place of worship.
Buddhist think the footprint belongs to Buddha.
Muslims think Mohamed came there on his way to heaven and place his footprint there.
Christians think it Adams footprint. (Admas Peak)
Hindus think it is the footprint of Shiva,
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Isn't it beautiful if all the religions claims Tipitaka as their teaching?
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by rayanxman » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:37 pm

I heard that there is no any signs about the Buddha's visits to Sri Lanka. It's the story passing by generation to generation. No any evidence related with the history is found.
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by confusedlayman » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 am

rayanxman wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:37 pm
I heard that there is no any signs about the Buddha's visits to Sri Lanka. It's the story passing by generation to generation. No any evidence related with the history is found.
in canon its not given it think. I read somewhere that buddha travelled not more than 300 km from his birth place.
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by pitakele » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:28 pm

confusedlayman wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 am

in canon its not given it think. I read somewhere that buddha travelled not more than 300 km from his birth place.
Bodhgaya (Uruvela) is 458 km from Lumbini
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by confusedlayman » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:03 pm

pitakele wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:28 pm
confusedlayman wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 am

in canon its not given it think. I read somewhere that buddha travelled not more than 300 km from his birth place.
Bodhgaya (Uruvela) is 458 km from Lumbini
yes. somewhere in a blog they put 300 km . anyway doesn't matter.
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by DNS » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:40 pm

rayanxman wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:37 pm
I heard that there is no any signs about the Buddha's visits to Sri Lanka. It's the story passing by generation to generation. No any evidence related with the history is found.
I've also heard from Sri Lankans, some monks, that the Buddha has visited Sri Lanka not once, but about 2 to 3 times. But I haven't heard of any evidence of this. It is about 3000 km from Bodh Gaya to Sri Lanka, not an impossible feat, but unlikely.

30 km walking per day = 100 days to destination. I assume the ocean straits between India & Sri Lanka were still there as today, some 2500 years ago? If so, then he'd also need a boat to make the final crossing.

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Post by SarathW » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 am

If so, then he'd also need a boat to make the final crossing.
I believe when low tides people could have walked to Sri Lanka.
See the old bridge in the map.
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Post by SarathW » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:33 am

Could Buddha fly like a bird in the sky cross legged ?
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by pitakele » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:35 am

DNS wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:40 pm
about 3000 km from Bodh Gaya to Sri Lanka, not an impossible...30 km walking per day = 100 days to destination.
I don't know about the veracity of claims that Buddha visited Sri Lanka, but I'd always assumed a more likely mode of travel would be psychic powers rather than walking.
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Re: Was Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka before Arahant Mahinda?

Post by DNS » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:35 am

SarathW wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 am
If so, then he'd also need a boat to make the final crossing.
I believe when low tides people could have walked to Sri Lanka.
See the old bridge in the map.
:D
That's right, Rama's bridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam%27s_Bridge

So it was possible that he walked across, but so far no archeological evidence that he did do that.

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