Skip to main content Accessibility help

The Dating of the Historical Buddha: A Review Article*

  • L. S. Cousins
Hide All

1 Blue Annals, p. 22 (cited Symp, . IV, 1, p. 399).

2 In the present volumes see: Symp, (osium) IV, 1, pp. 344357; 359361; 398399; 409411; Symp, . IV, 2, pp. 266–8 (nn. 15 and 17); 271 n. 42.

3 Bechert, H., “The date of the Buddha reconsidered”, IT (1982), pp. 2936; “A remark on the problem of the date of Mahāvīra”, IT (1983), pp. 287290; Die Lebenszeit des Buddha—das älteste feststehende Datum der indischen Geschichte? (Göttingen, 1986); “Remarks on the date of the Historical Buddha”, Buddhist Studies (1988), pp. 97117.

4 There were a few hold-outs, notably E. J. Thomas.

5 Lamotte, E., Histoire du bouddhisme Indien, des origines à I'ère Saka, Bibliothèque du Muséon, vol. 43 (Louvain, 1958), p. 15. The origin of the expression “working hypothesis” in this context is usually attributed to Max Möller. (He applied it to the date of Samudragupta). However, the OED attributes its first use in English to Hutton, R. H. in 1871.

6 Cousins, L. S., “The ‘Five Points’ and the origins of the Buddhist schools”, in The Buddhist Forum, ed. Skorupski, T., ii (London, 1991), p. 59f.

7 Op. cit., pp. 55–7.

8 Most clearly expressed by Gombrich: Symp, . IV, 2, p. 239 n. 12.

* A review article of The Dating of the Historical Buddha. Die Datierung des Historischen Buddha. Edited by Heinz Bechert. 2 Vols (of 3). (Symposium zur Buddhismusforschung, IV, 1–2) pp. xv + 525; x + 530. Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1991–1992. DM 310, 256.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • ISSN: 1356-1863
  • EISSN: 1474-0591
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-royal-asiatic-society
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed