[INDOLOGY] Buddha's visit to Lanka

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 17:03:58 UTC 2020

Perhaps equally relevant is the foundational idea that Buddhism was
transmitted to the island by Mahinda, son of the emperor Asoka. Much has
been written about this, some of it useful.

J Silk

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 3:27 PM Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Alakendu Das,
> There is no "proof" of this, but it is certainly a very old and widespread
> tradition.
> The important Mahāyāna scripture, the Laṅkāvatārasūtra, which dates in its
> present form to about the early fifth century C.E.,
> is in part based on this tradition, for example, and therefore shows that
> it must have been current before this time.
> Perhaps the rapid and successful implantation of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
> encouraged the development and acceptance of the legend.
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études, émérite
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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> alakendu das via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Sent:* Sunday, July 12, 2020 8:20 AM
> *To:* indology <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] Buddha's visit to Lanka
> Respected Scholars,
> I had posted this query in the past
> .May I be excused to raise it once again , as I haven't got any answer to
> it.
> I quote from "Dipavamsa" the oldest Pali Chronicle , from Sri Lanka,which
> goes as follows-
> "DipAgamanam Buddhassa Dhatu ca Bodhiyagamam"
> I would like to stress on the word"DipAgamanam Buddhassa"
> My question is whether any evidence exists which goes on to prove that
> Siddharth Gautam Buddha  visited Sri Lanka?
> Alakendu Das.
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