When I was searching for the translated name from Chinese 阿那律 to Sanskrit while attempting a comment on one post, I entered 阿那律 or Anuruddha to Google it came up with the list and the usual short brief at the right corner of the screen, to my amusement the brief said:


Born: Sri Lanka

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Though I open the brief the Wikipedia full page is Born: Kapilavastu, India

Is there a movement to relocate Buddhism (not just relocate, but part of the grand scheme to invent in the sense of re-invent Buddha's teachings) to be originated from Sri Lanka since the Sri Lankan Pali Canon is splendidly adored as the only authentic plus the most early Buddhism's teaching? - As the first step. Now here comes the next step to relocate Buddha gradually first by migrating :D !! one of his ten major disciples? I'm diligently waiting to be enlightened in this context.

  • thank you @ChrisW. but you edited my original question to render this question totally like an idiot making a silly question. i can do nothing but only to remove it. Aug 9, 2017 at 7:37
  • I restored your original question.
    – ChrisW
    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:44
  • thank you @ChrisW we should respect all Buddhist schools. also as Buddhists we should uphold the correct teachings, neither should let it being corrupted by insider nor outsider. thus it's a valid question to ask in this manner. anyone concerned should be aware of if there is such an attempt or trend. Aug 9, 2017 at 7:51

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Anuruddha-mahāsāmi (thai:anuruddhācāriya) was one of ancient saṅgarāja in sri lanka. He author abhidhammatthasaṅgaha, that is popular summary of abhidhamma-pitaka.

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    thank you for enlightening me on this piece of knowledge of the abhidhamma-pitaka. but in term of prominence if i simply type Anuruddha it should come up with the info of Anuruddha-mahasami. Aug 24, 2017 at 9:32
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    It is bug of google.
    – Bonn
    Aug 24, 2017 at 11:53
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    if i simply type Anuruddha it should come up with the info of Anuruddha-mahasami. - typo: it shouldn't Aug 24, 2017 at 12:27
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    By over 10 years experience with pali canon, I completely say that no pali canon wrote "anuruddha-aggasavaka born in sri lanka". Just google wrote it.
    – Bonn
    Aug 24, 2017 at 14:02

I've no previous experience with how Google creates this kind of summary.

I'm not sure I understand where Google got that data from, to put in its summary -- "Sri Lanka" isn't given in any version of the history of the Wikipedia article.

There are modern Anuruddhas born in Sri Lanka (e.g. a cricketer) but that (mixing different people with the same name) seems like an unlikely or silly mistake for Google to make.

The image (of a statue) in the Google summary does comes from a different web site (not Wikipedia) though, so maybe Google does aggregate data from different sites somehow.

Based on this page I wonder if it's possible that Google prefers to scrape its data from Wikidata instead of from Wikipedia -- the Wikidata entry for Anuruddha doesn't include a birth place (it was in the Wikipedia article but not in the Persondata template when the Persondata template was migrated to Wikidata) so perhaps Google is aggregating from several sites, getting its information mixed up, or confusing it with a modern Anaruddha?

If you want to report a correction to Google's summary, perhaps you could try editing the Wikidata entry, and/or pressing the Feedback link on the Google summary.

  • it's the same result with born: Sri Lanka when I entered 阿那律. i can't see there would be a person in the same name as 阿那律 in the manner your explaint above, @ChrisW. Aug 9, 2017 at 7:53
  • I too see "born: Sri Lanka" in the Google summary, same as shown in the image you posted. What I don't know is where Google gets that data from. I know that people sometimes make (disputed) edits to Wikipedia, and so I thought that maybe Google was displaying someone's old Wikipedia edit ... but in the history of the Wikipedia article I see no version with that data. I cannot confirm nor deny your hypothesis, that a human created that data intentionally.
    – ChrisW
    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:08
  • thx for the knowledge of the technical part about how Google/Wikipedia renders data etc. Aug 24, 2017 at 9:34

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