Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

38. What Splits were there in Buddhism in the Early Centuries?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Peter Harvey [+-]
University of Sunderland
Peter Harvey is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland. He co-founded with Ian Harris the UK Association for Buddhist Studies and edits its journal Buddhist Studies Review. His research has been on early Buddhist thought and practice, Buddhist ethics and making accessible the rich history of Buddhist thought.

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Just after the Buddha’s passing away (c. 404 bce), a “communal recitation” (council) of 500 enlightened monks was held to agree the contents of the Buddha’s teachings and the monastic discipline (Vinaya) he had developed. Perhaps seventy years later, another council was held to guard against laxity among some monks, and, a further sixteen year later, the first schism in the previously unified monastic community (Sangha) occurred; other such schisms followed.

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Harvey, Peter. 38. What Splits were there in Buddhism in the Early Centuries?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 188-192 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40777. Date accessed: 21 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40777. Nov 2021

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