Experts in Indological Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich are in the process of analyzing 2000-year-old Indian Buddhist documents that have only recently come to light. The precious manuscripts have already yielded some surprising findings.
The oldest surviving Buddhist texts, preserved on long rolls of birch-tree bark, are written in Gandhari, an early regional Indic language that is long extinct. The scrolls originate from the region known in ancient times as Gandhara, which lies in what is now Northwestern Pakistan.
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First century BC! Wow! We should print all our texts on birch bark.
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conebeckham wrote:Oh, I've translated it. Basically, it says that Goenka's Vipassana is the only true method taught by Sakyamuni, and Sutra Mahamudra does, indeed, come from Dzogchen texts, but only very special ones........Buddha's teaching was actually more of a socialist, anti-caste movement, reincarnation is false and was only taught for those who needed expedient means to spur them to practice. All that Mahayana and Vajrayana stuff isn't Dharma, and by the way, the Nagas want their children's fairytale books back
It's really good to have all that settled once and for all.
We can only hope...
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