It is said that as some of the previous Buddhas did not set the code of discipline, the Dhamma did not last.

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    good question. i might have read it somewhere too. Buddha said for next Buddha, Ariyametra, his mind will not be directed towards setting code of discipline for sangha. IMO, because that time, people will live in perfect 5 precepts and kind heart society. – user5056 Apr 11 '16 at 15:12
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    You might find this link of interest friend Dewmini: books.google.com.au/… – Kaveenga Wijayasekara Apr 12 '16 at 1:49

The Vinaya pitaka is preached only if the life span is less than 50,000 years. When the life span is higher, the human world is said to be similar to heavens. The Buddhas usually introduce Vinaya rules when someone commits a misdemeanor. But the people are very virtuous during these times. So the need to introduce new rules does not arise.

Ironically, the Dhamma lasts longer when there's no Vinaya pitaka, due to the much longer life span.

Additional info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_CWFS-rca8

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  • Hi Sankha, is there a Sutta source for this? – Kaveenga Wijayasekara Apr 11 '16 at 22:21
  • I would look in the Buddhavamsa. – Sankha Kulathantille Apr 12 '16 at 2:31
  • So no code of discipline means no five precepts, no eight precepts.... . also? – seeker Apr 12 '16 at 5:20
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    @DewminiGunasekera No! They are observed in the society by default. The Buddha doesn't have to mention them specifically. – Sankha Kulathantille Apr 12 '16 at 9:44
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    All Buddhas preach the Dhamma. But not always Vinaya, The Dhamma is what the Buddha understood by direct knowledge. So the word 'philosophy' might not be a good fit for it. The Dhamma consists of both normative and descriptive statements. – Sankha Kulathantille Apr 12 '16 at 12:35

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