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I quote all of these from the book "A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana" (1990) by Hirakawa Akira (professor and widely respected academic authority in Buddhist Studies), and translated by Paul Groner. The whole book in PDF format can be downloaded here and here. Firstly, the lifetime of the Buddha: One of the most ...


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I'm not sure I understand the question. What are some theories? There are some theories about the origins of Mahayana introduced here on Wikipedia: Mahayana -- History so early (no later than 75 CE)? As for dates, maybe the dating is inline with what scholars expect -- for example Stanford scholar discusses Buddhism and its origins says, As far as we know, ...


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