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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

Lumbini, Nepal has been recognized as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama since a stone pillar was placed at the site by the emperor Ashoka circa 245 BCE. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

Prince Siddhartha was raised, according to Buddhist texts, in Kapilawastu (I will not present sources for this as I think this would be undisputed). The modern name for Kapilawastu is unknown: I will ...
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History of refuge in the 3 jewels

Taking refuge in the 3 jewels of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha was recommended by the Buddha as providing protection from certain afflictions. It is specifically mentioned in the Dhajagga-paritta ("...
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Why aren't there omnicidal Buddhists?

existence is the root of suffering no, it's not. The official definitions are "unsatisfied thirst is [mental] suffering", "craving and grasping is the origin of suffering", "...
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Was Buddhism a rebellion against the Aryans?

When Gautama left his family to become an ascetic or śramaṇa, he joined many other ascetics or wanderers who were separate from the Vedic-Brahmanism religion. However, when Gautama left his family ...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

I personally believe that Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal through in recent times there are a few small groups in Sri Lanka saying otherwise. I personally would be careful about these movements ...
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The Oldest Traditional Buddhist Lineage?

Every "official" Chan/Zen master (that is, a master recognized and authorized by an older master) keeps a list of his ancestral teachers going back all the way to the Buddha Shakyamuni. I have such ...
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How is possible that monks memorised 10.000 sutras?

The way the Pali Canon was transmitted was by oral tradition. The composition is in a poetic form, using mnemonic formulae for memorization and recitation. The recitation would have also served a ...
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What is known about enlightenment before the lifetime of the Buddha? Are there any claims that he was the first?

Good householder, there had been serial Buddhas before our Gotama Buddha. In a world/cosmos-period there might appear a Samma-Sambuddha who is capable to point out the way out of suffering, Samsara. ...
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Did the Buddha invent any words?

The Buddha invented his own terms and defined them, using everyday words that already existed in the local dialects. First, discussion on the language he used, is found in "The Authenticity of ...
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Has there ever been a systematic persecution of Buddhist heretics?

King Asoka liked the Dhamma so much that he lavished the monks with robes, food and medicine... This attracted many fake monks... Monks were beheaded in an effort to find the imposters but that didn'...
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Why is Buddhism followed mainly outside of India when it originated there?

Buddhism declined from India in the past, due to assimilation. Firstly, Buddhism had flourished in ancient India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but eventually, the Buddhist locals became subject to "hard"...
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Was the historical Buddha infallible?

Yes, a Sammasambuddha does not make mistakes as they are omniscient and do not have any Vāsanā remainders.
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How to survive Buddhism ? Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha

I see one aspect of your question is practice of rites and rituals much like other religions. This is also important for Buddhism to be socially and culturally integrated, but this does not give you ...
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Is there any historical evidence or sayings that Buddha went to America and Africa continent for some discourses or teachings

No. There is no indication the Buddha ever left north-eastern India (now Uttar Pradesh, Magadha, and Nepal.)
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Which suttas in the Pali canon are relatively early or late?

I can't translate the whole of question, however I tried to answer as I can do. Layers of pali literature already being in buddha-living-period. There are many pali literature in buddha's time, such ...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

There's no truth in it. But people usually like to hear new things. So any new idea presented with some make-belief evidence can get a following.
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Should Buddhists in India celebrate diwali (New moon of November)?

It's a Hindu festival. So a Buddhist should not be a part of the religious aspect of the festival if those activities are incompatible with Buddhism. That does not mean a Buddhist cannot meet up with ...
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How do I refute the claim that the Buddha was actually preaching Vedanta?

This is a modified version of the answer that I posted on Hinduism.SE comparing the Buddhist Madhyamaka (by Nagarjuna) and the Hindu Advaita Vedanta (by Adi Shankara). Usually, the emptiness in ...
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Ancient texts on Meditation Techniques?

Please see the English translation of the Anapanasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 118 or MN 118) on the Buddhist mindfulness of breathing technique. The transliterated Pali version can be found here. ...
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Why are Mahayana texts in Sanskrit?

I'm afraid any answer to this is going to be speculative, so not a perfect SE question. Here is my theory: Most of the early Mahayana texts were written either in Hybrid Sanskrit or in Gandhari ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

Mendis refers to “Theravāda tradition”. His source is the introduction to the Atthasālinī, which was compiled by Buddhaghosa in about 400 AD based on earlier texts that no longer exist. The ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

From this YouTube video entitled "The Theravada Abhidhamma with Bhikkhu Bodhi (Class #1, 5 Mar 2018)", Ven. Bodhi, the famous translator and scholar of the Pali Canon, explained the account ...
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Where are the references of Vesak in the Pali canon?

You have to imagine whether you are in that time first, at the age of memorizing not reading like nowadays. They almost always memorize all memories as approximation like we memorize as month, quarter,...
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What was the historical Buddha's ethnicity?

Literature doesn't show the blue eyes but the beautiful brown eyes reflecting loving-kindness. We opine that he was belong to Tibeto-Burman lineage. In Pali words, his clan is Thet-kya သက်(Sanskrit- ...
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What was the historical Buddha's ethnicity?

It is likely that he was Indo-Aryan, descended from the Scythians, the Sakya clan. Genetic research shows that blue-eyes originated around the northwest coasts of the Black Sea (http://www.dailymail....
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What was the historical Buddha's ethnicity?

Buddha was from the Saka tribe which is part of the Scythians. And the Scythians were a Thracian/Pelasgian tribe. The Thracians according to the historians covered a large area around the today's ...
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