When did the Buddha live? The answer to that question might be changing

Archaeologists have located what some are saying is “the world’s earliest Buddhist shrine,” found beneath the Maya Devi Temple in Nepal. It dates to 550 BC. What that means, in part, is that the dates of the Buddha’s lifetime must be reconsidered, being that it’s been common to place his birth in the third century BC.

For more, including why some are not so quick to agree, see this article from National Geographic, who also produced the video shown here.

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  1. Posted December 4, 2013 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    The historical evidence regarding Buddha and Buddhism was believed to have stretched back to the time of Emperor Asoka who openly embraced the religion following the bloodshed left by his war on various city states back then in the third century BC. But the latest development after the discovery suggests that Buddha was born two centuries earlier than that period.

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