Monday, September 9, 2019

The Buddha was a Scythian (Shakyian)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly Wikipedia edit
Theravāda ("The Teaching of the Elders," the enlightened male and female monastic disciples of the historical Buddha) is the name of Buddhism's oldest extant school.

The school's adherents, or Theravada Buddhists, have preserved Siddhartha Gautama's teaching in the Pāli canon, the only complete Buddhist set of writings surviving in a classical Indian language.

Pali -- or Magadhan, an Indo-Aryan/Iranian Magadhi Prakrit -- is a simpler form of Sanskrit (at that time an exclusive liturgical language of Vedic/Hindu Brahmin priests, who used it like Roman Catholic priests once used Latin). It was the ancient lingua franca spoken by the Buddha.

Pali rather than Sanskrit is this school's sacred text language. As it is a dead language with no other use but Buddhism, it is the only exclusively Buddhist language today, whereas Sanskrit is the language of Hinduism.

Pali was used in the northwestern frontier, which the Buddhist Emperor Asoka conquered and brought together as the "India" we recognize today centuries after the Buddha (in and around Great Bharat, the ancient remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization around:
The Buddha surrounded by familial Scythians
For over a millennium Theravādins have endeavored to preserve the Dharma (Pali Dhamma) as recorded in their school's sacred texts.

In contrast to Chinese-dominated Mahāyāna and Tibetan-dominated Vajrayāna, Southeast Asian Theravāda tends to be conservative (i.e., getting "back to basics" and as such being closer to what the historical Buddha actually taught) in matters of doctrine and monastic discipline. More

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