Did Gotama Buddha speak Pali? I thought he spoke Magadhi.
I believe Pali is the language his teachings were later written down with, after having been passed down through many centuries orally. I wish you your end through balance.
“I teach only two things, Suffering and the Cessation of Suffering.”
" There are two extremes, immense misfortune,pain and complete ignorance of Suffering." - Buddha
Hi @bluejeans and welcome to the forum
Just a bit of housekeeping, we don’t do crossposting of the same topic in different categories. This forum isn’t run like a chat room, but all posts are archived to be accessed by people doing research into the Early Buddhist Texts. As such, I’ve taken the liberty of deleting the second copy of the topic, which had not yet had any responses.
In the meantime, enjoy your time here and I look forward to seeing your contributions
(Viveka, one of the Moderation team)
You might be interested in reading The Genesis of the Bodhisattva Ideal by Anālayo. The third chapter will be especially pertinent:
3 The Advent of the Next Buddha … 95
3.1 Maitreya in the Discourse on the Wheel-turning King 95
3.2 The Maitreya Episode in Comparative Perspective 107
3.3 Maitreya in the Discourse on an Explanation about the Past 113
3.4 The Prediction of Maitreya 118
Thankyou, I apologize.