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Do you agree that there are conflicting information on DOUBTS AND CONCERNS presented in the Tipitaka and those in Ancient India?
Overall, are you convinced that Lord Buddha and his monks lived in the land comprising Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, Myanmar, and Raman?
Since 1998, a group of Thai people, ignited by a series of doubts and concerns and their disagreement on the widely accepted information that Lord Buddha was born in India, conducted a study to bring out the truth. After the new of our research on the Buddha's birthplace spread out, many Thais were not convinced wondering what a silly belief it was and asking a series of questions such as: "Why don't you pay more attention to practice the teaching of Buddha rather than trying to prove Buddha was not born India? Is it so significant to find out the truth on his authentic birthplace? Will it be wrongful if I disagree?.
We, the research team, believe it is a very significant to reveal the truth on our Great Teacher. Nothing is wrong if you don't agree but it's our duties as Buddhists to find out the truth. Less than two hundred years ago, Lord Buddha and all his disciples had been the natives of this great land known as Chompoo dwip (presently Suwannabhumi), but in the period of nearly a hundred years a group of British archeologists, non-Buddhists with little knowledge of Buddhism, reconstructed the history of Buddhism and tried to prove that Buddha was just a human being and a historical figure of Indian history!
Below is a series of doubts we have in our mind:
As reported by Mr. William Chambers, a British archeologist, there was a French account about the Thai God called Pout or Codom (Buddha or Guatama), then why did this Thai God turn to be a historical figure in Indian history?
Why did King Asoka of India say nothing about the Third Revision of Tipataka (Buddhist Scripture) in his pillars when this event was his most glorious act of merits. Also, why was there no mentioning about King Asoka's children who were ordained Buddhist monks and started Buddhism in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in the Asoka pillars?
Why were the years of Indian King Asoka's succession to the throne (BE 269/BC274) and the year of his passing away (BE 306/BC234) different from those mentioned in the Buddhist Scripture/Tipataka? King Asoka (King Sri Thamma Asoka Raj)'s succession to the Throne was in BE 218/BC325. He patronized the Third Sankayana or Revision of the Scripture in BE 235/BC 308. King Asoka passed away in BE 259/BC284). Were King Asoka of India (claimed by James Prinsep and George Turnour) and King Asoka in the Scripture actually different ones?
Were King Devanum Piya Piyadassi and King Asoka the same king as suggested to James Prinsep by George Turnour? Did King Asoka truly exist in India at all? Or was he just dubbed, in ignorance by James Prinsep or George Turnour, to be King Devanum Piya Piyadassi? Was it possible that the story of Thai King Sri Dharma Asokaraj stolen to belong to King Devanum Piya Piyadassi? In fact, from our further research, King Asoka and King Devanum Piyadisa (not King Devanum Piya Piya Dasi) were actually two kings. They were friends who have never met. Shockingly, Lanka Dwip was in fact the southern part of Thailand, not Ceylon as evidenced from Mahawangsa.
Did the Buddhist names of cities, people, rivers, and mountains truly exist in Indian map before the British archeologists rewrote the history of Buddhism or were they just added on later as the Venerable Pra Dharma Chedi Pan of Wat Maha Naparam Temple in Thailand protest in BE 2440 (1897 AD)
Why are there many thousands of Buddhist archeological sites and artifacts while there are less than 200 in India and its neighboring countries?
And many more etc.
One of the team leaders, Dr. Chaiyong Brahmawong, Ph.D, (former Venerable Apinyano Bhikkhu), Senior Professor of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand
All of these observations and the mismatching information between those appear in India and those indicated in the Buddhist Tipataka concerning geography, climate, traditions, ways of life, archeology, architecture, languages, legends ignited our desire to dig out for the lost episodes of the History of Buddhism. The most interested driving force was the writing of Venerable Dhammachedi (Pan) of Mahanaparam Temple in Bangkok (in 1867) excusing eight Indian peoples from Kasi of manupilating the information on Buddhism in India helped lay the background for our study.
1) To prove that Chompoo Dwip (Tamsa dwip-the term used by Sir Alexander Cunningham), accepted Lord Buddha's Birthplace, is in Suwannabhumi (present location of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Raman) not in India;
2) To trace the sites for Lord Buddha's Birthplace; Enlightenment; first preaching (Patama desana); his 45 years of teaching; and his passing away to nirvana (Nippana) in Thailand and its neighboring countries;
3)To locate the exact points for the four memorial sites, i.e. Birthplace, Enlightenment, First Preaching, and Deathplace and other major cities as mentioned in the Buddhist Scripture.
Phases of Research:
Phase I: Documentary Research. Data and information were collected from the various sections of the Tipataka, ancient scripts, stone inscriptions, historical documents, and legends. People of over 90 years old (who have not been brainwashed by Western belief that Buddha was born an Indian) are to be interviewed to gain primary sources of their experiences and understanding on history of Buddhism;
Phase II: Field Studies and Visits: Visits to ancient archeological sites will be conducted to trace Lord Buddha's birthplace, teaching, and passing away in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Raman, and Cambodia as well as in India and Nepal;
Phase III: Analysis, Identification and Mapping of Exact Locations : This phase brings about the results of the previous two phases to find out the exact sites and locations of the four memorials and major cities. During this phase may last for a continuing period of time until all major cities, ancient archeological sites are identified.
"King Asoka of India and King Asoka who patronaged the Third Revision ofTipataka were different kings!" (Synopsis from Thai Version)
"Summary of the Inscription of Wat Srichum indicating that Patalibutra and Anomanati River were in northern Thailand" (Synopis from Thai Version)
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