First Buddhist council

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First Council at Rajgir, painting at the Nava Jetavana, Shravasti

The First Buddhist council was convened just after the Buddha's passing away in 483 BCE.[1]

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The Saptaparni Cave in Rajgir, where the First Buddhist Council may have been held.

A council of 500 Arahats was held at Rajgir (Sanskrit: Rājagaha) to agree the contents of the Dhamma and Vinaya.[2] Ananda recited the Suttas, such that each begins: ‘Thus have I heard’.[3] The monk Upali (Sanskrit उपालि upāli) recited the Vinaya.[4]

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  1. ^ Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pg. 88.
  2. ^ Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pg. 88.
  3. ^ Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pg. 88.
  4. ^ Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pg. 88.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.