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View Resource Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Abhidharma

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, died more than 2,500 years ago. As far as scholars can ascertain, he never wrote his teachings down, but instead traveled widely in what is now northern India, teaching to merchants, peasants, kings, courtesans, monks, nuns, and others as the occasion arose. After his death, a community of followers was left to make sense of the many things he had said....

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