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Proposal for Scope Limitation[edit]

Hi all. I'm not sure that 'government x attacks buddhist in place y' or 'group of buddhists x protests government y' events really belong on this timeline. While it's nice to include everything the modern timeline will become bloated with events that are trivial to the overall history of Buddhism if this trend continues. prat (talk) 15:11, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

  • Further to this suggestion I am removing the transparently politically motivated / Chinese government sponsored 'World Buddhist' events of the last few years. Note that I am not a Tibetan Buddhist or western China-basher, I lived in the country seven years and have a lot of sympathy for all points of view: I just don't think these events are truly significant for Buddhism and should not be used here to effectively advertise a political agenda. prat (talk) 22:42, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I still have concerns about the bloat of recent day event and their probable irrelevance to the history of Buddhism. By all means it makes sense to mark the first Buddhist temple founded in a region (or even, per major Buddhist tradition) but including everything will rapidly render the timeline illegible. prat (talk) 07:52, 15 July 2011 (UTC), Dharmasthala, India

Timeline of Buddhist texts[edit]

Until now there is no timeline of Buddhist texts here. Anyone? Wiki-uk (talk) 15:57, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

See for a simple example Timeline of Hindu texts. Wiki-uk (talk) 05:47, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
I am not sure how useful this would be, since to my understanding the historical Buddha is reputed to have specifically designed the sangha or an experientially focused, lineage scheme for the transmission of dhamma without resort to texts. The dates of texts are all very early, with the exception of latter accretions in Tibetan/Vajrayana and Mahayana, and commentaries. I could see value in discussing these dates within the context of early Buddhism, but I don't think it holds much water to timeline them, since most of those occuring later are distinct from historical Buddhism. Furthermore, early texts are often discovered in multiple and in different scripts or languages. Treating such texts as a single work then adds significant complexity to an attempted timeline since we can only suppose a text occured "prior to" the possibly available, possibly only roughly known attributed date of its earliest known copy. In short this is a pretty academic area which within the context of Wikipedia is probably hard to cover with adequate sources without falling in to original research. prat (talk) 21:41, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Year of First Council[edit]

The date of the First Council listed in this article as three months after the Buddha's death, 483 BCE, contradicts the First Buddhist council article, which says "the year after." This should be clarified with research and citations... which may be a challenge, given the academic debates about dating the Buddha's lifetime. Maybe there is a time span generally agreed upon by scholars? -Dekyi 13:56, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Creating different time-lines for each Buddhist country and Buddhist school[edit]

To avoid the timeline become too large and bloated -- which will inevitably happen since important events vary in each country, region and school -- it might be better to make different timelines for each country (e.g. Sri Lanka, Tibet), region (e.g. Europe, Southeast Asia) and school (e.g. Theravada, or Sri Lankan Theravada, Gelugpa). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nyanatusita (talkcontribs) 18:35, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

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