Dating the metta sutta langru

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One of our commenters asked about whether the Lotus Sutra was considered authentic according to the Theravadin view.

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《大方等無想經》 T 12.387; and an introduction featuring the bodhisattva par excellence, Avalokiteśvara or 觀自在 Guānzìzài.† As such the language of the Chinese text dates from what has been called the late Medieval period in China (600-1000 CE.) or a little before.

When we look at the Chinese versions of the text they are written in Chinese characters or 漢字(Hànzì).

To answer this from the traditional Theravadin point of view, all the Mahayana Sutras are inauthentic in the sense that they were not spoken by the Buddha.

Historically, Theravada has tended to take a dim view of Mahayana, regarding it as a mere degeneration of the pure teachings.

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