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Theravada Buddhism in Modern Nepal

Theravada Buddhism in Modern Nepal

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THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN MODERN NEPAL

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Ven. S. M. Sujano

Contents; Preface 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. Revival of Theravadin 4. Development of Theravada Buddhism 5. Contribution to Nepalese Society 6. Theravadin in Nepalese Society 7. Conclusion 8. Theravada Records in Nepal 9. Footnotes

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THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN MODERN NEPAL [1]

Preface History of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal is very vague. There are some evidences that Buddha visited Nepal during his lifetime, preached to his relative
THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN MODERN NEPAL

By

Ven. S. M. Sujano

Contents; Preface 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. Revival of Theravadin 4. Development of Theravada Buddhism 5. Contribution to Nepalese Society 6. Theravadin in Nepalese Society 7. Conclusion 8. Theravada Records in Nepal 9. Footnotes

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THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN MODERN NEPAL [1]

Preface History of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal is very vague. There are some evidences that Buddha visited Nepal during his lifetime, preached to his relative

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Ven. S. M. Sujano
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Contents;
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Background

3. Revival of Theravadin
4. Development of Theravada Buddhism
5. Contribution to Nepalese Society
6. Theravadin in Nepalese Society

7. Conclusion
8. Theravada Records in Nepal
9. Footnotes
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THERAVADA BUDDHISM
IN MODERN NEPAL[ 1]
PrefaceHistory of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal is very vague. There
are some evidences that Buddha visited Nepal during his lifetime,
preached to his relatives and friends and ordained some people.

Theravada tradition is believed to be the oldest unbroken tradition. The teaching- the Dhamma was divided into two sects- Sthaviravada and Mahasanghika in the second council held 100 years after the death of Buddha. Sthaviravada later developed as Theravada and Mahasanghika developed as Mahayana, which also includes Vajrayana.

More concrete evidences of existence of Buddhism in Nepal were found from the visit of king Asoka of India and some more from descriptions of Chinese travellers. King Asoka visited Lumbini in Nepal in 250 BC and erected a stone pillar, which is still standing. The inscription in Bramhi script in this pillar reads in English as follows:

“King Piyadasi” (another name for king Asoka), beloved of the gods,
having anointed 20 years, camehere himself and worshiped saying
„Here Buddha Sakyamuni was born (Hida Budhe Jãte Sãkyamuni)‟.

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