Posted by Savaka (126.96.36.199) on September 11, 2000 at 14:08:50:
In Reply to: diciples posted by Sammy Raye on September 07, 2000 at 02:10:23:
Scriptural data revealed a few disciples who played great roles in the recording of the scriptures.
Ananda, the Buddha's Personal Attendant, kept many of the suttas in his memory.
Upali, who used to be a barber, was the one who kept the Rules of the Order called the Vinaya.
There is another set of scriptures called the Abhidhamma, the Higher Doctrine, which was recorded down only centuries after the Buddha died.
The suttas were not written down after the Buddha's death. They were amazingly kept in the memory of the disciples.
The personage who had the suttas written down was actually King Asoka. And Indian Lord who became a Buddhist. He built a monastery and urge monks there to write down the suttas that they had faithfully recited every day.
This was approximately 200 years after the Buddha died.
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