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What year were the books on buddha written?

To my understanding, it is believed that after Siddhartha Gautama became enlightened, his story was kept alive through oral tradition for a good time and after a while, it was written onto paper.
What years is it supposed that the buddha lived?
Around what time were the books on his life written?


  1. He is thought to have lived sometime between the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.
    The Pali Canon was committed to writing sometime in the 1st century B.C.

  2. In Theravada Buddhism, the Pali Canon(scriptures) were fully compiled around 200 CE I believe.
    Some of the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures on the other hand, weren’t written down until the 1400s CE.

  3. Five hundred monks held the First Buddhist Council three months after the Buddha’s death. The Council was led by the Buddha’s leading disciple, Maha Kashyappa, and the aim was to put into words the doctrine taught by the Buddha.
    With the passage of time many sub-sects were formed, with different interpretations of the Buddhist ideology being adopted in various parts of the world.
    Here is a useful link for the timeline for Buddhism.

  4. Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 B.C.
    He was 35 when he left the royal compound and discovered suffering
    He wandered the forests of India for 6 years, looking for enlightenment
    He is thought to have died around age 80


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