Original Buddhism

I claim to be a student, teacher, and practitioner of original Buddhism as found in the early Buddhist texts. It is important to clarify what I mean by original Buddhism. 

Sometimes the term "original Buddhism" is used to refer to Buddhism during the time of the Buddha. This is not what I mean by the term. By original Buddhism, I am referring to Buddhism as theorized to have existed before the various Early Buddhist schools developed, around 250 BCE.

This is based on the fact that most of the early Buddhist texts are authentic. This is supported by a substantial and varied body of empirical evidence as laid out in the book by Bhikkhu Sujato and Bhikkhu Brahmali entitled The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts.

It is this Buddhism, before the formation of the different schools, including the Theravada, that I am calling original Buddhism. This is the oldest recoverable Buddhism possible. It is the closest we will ever get to pure Buddhism. This is the Buddhism I study, teach, and practice.

Jay Forrest


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