Buddhism dating

The Theravāda tradition claims that the Buddha taught the Abhidharma while visiting the heaven where his mother was residing.

There is no complete agreement among scholars and Buddhist traditions regarding the dates of the historical Buddha. From the middle of the 19th century until the late 20th century, Western scholars had believed the dates of the Buddha to be ca. Like all past Buddhas, the conception and birth of Gautama Buddha are considered miraculous events. Fourth, it is strikingly similar to another version of the early Sūtra Piṭaka extant in Chinese (Āgamas). Third, it expresses a fairly consistent set of doctrines and practices. Unfortunately, the contradictory conclusions have led most scholars to be skeptical about the possibility of knowing what the Buddha really taught.

Some scholars have attempted to distinguish the Buddha’s original teachings from those developed by his early disciples.

The early sūtras in Pāli and other Middle Indo-Aryan languages are historically and linguistically closer to the cultural context of the Buddha than Mahāyāna sūtras in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese.