Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa

Introduction to 2.1.2: Kesamuttisuttaṃ part 2
(Don‘t Believe in Tradition, in Hearsay, in Teachers but your own Experience, understanding what is wholesome)

Sadly the prophesy of the Buddha about the duration of the sāsana turned out true. Unfortunately the teaching of the Buddha, as he foresaw, got next to lost in his motherland India about five hundred years after his final passing away. Already up to the second council (see 2.1.8) fractions had developed in the Saṅgha and monks separated from what then turned to be named Theravāda or Vihbajjavāda. Deliberate translations of the teaching into Sanskrit resulted into what was called Hīnayāna, separation into Mahāyāna, Yogācāras and later Vajrayāna and more splits (see 2.1.11) further followed. After only the period of five-hundred years, only traces of the saddhamma had remained in India. Fortunately, King Asoka had send fully enlightened Theras to the neighbouring countries (see 2.1.10) where the saddhamma remained intact till today and from where we providentially received it.

The suttas selected in this chapter try to present the warning of the Buddha, whose manyfold discourses reveal his sole aspiration to point out nothing else but the way to come out of suffering and how to avoid getting entangled in any of the bondages of moha, dosa and lobha. Like today's satellites transmit information about the earth in any imaginable major or minor needed detail, the Buddha clarified in any thinkable way that irrespective of background or foundation, from whatever source or starting point one may set out nothing but only the complete and full realisation of the Eightfold Noble Path and the Four Noble Truths would lead to liberation.

The introductions to these suttas hope to shed some light on how the teaching could disappear as well as to express gratitude to so many saintly people by trying to recapitulate how their devout efforts over the centuries succeeded to still keep the teaching intact. The introductions will also refer back to the noble reply of Bhante Nāgasena, who unraveled the dilemma of King Milinda quoted in the previous lesson (see 2.1.1).

Pāli lesson (with audio) 2.1.2

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