[Buddha-l] Nalanda ancient Buddhist seat of learning to riseagain?

JKirkpatrick jkirk at spro.net
Fri Aug 6 11:48:13 MDT 2010


On Aug 6, 2010, at 11:15 AM, Joanna Kirkpatrick quoted somebody
who said:

> Probably the
> first-ever large educational establishment, the college - in
what is 
> now eastern India - even counted the Buddha among its visitors
> alumni.

I wonder how the Buddha managed to visit Nalanda University. By
time machine? Most accounts say the university was not founded
until the fifth century C.E. It's true that the Pali canon says
that the Buddha visited the town of Nālandā, but to say he was
an alumnus of the university that was founded there a thousand
years later is like saying Hadrian was an alumnus of Oxford or
that Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján was a graduate of
University of New Mexico.


Yes--it's a wonder, isn't it. The Thais also say that the Buddha
visited Thailand, or whatever it was in his day. Others in India
say that he was born in south India. Trying for Faqs about
charismatics is a bit futile, eh wot?

After posting, I read further down in the article, to find that
HHDL was not invited to be a part of this, um, revival........for
political reasons. The same ones India uses every time HHDL comes
up--fear of infuriating China (translation: messing up
India-China business arrangements).


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