I have read in “samantapasadika” text(at the end part) that Venerable Mogaliputta tissa who presided during 3rd buddhist council(patronized by great emperor Ashoka), at the end of it, he organized nine different missions to spread the sasana (the Buddha’s dispensation) to the “border regions” of India. So my question is that…what was the content of it? Was it same Theravada/original teachings of lord buddha with 9 exact copies… which was revised in 1st and 2nd buddhist council? Or was it divided into 9 different parts by venerable Mogaliputta tissa just as relics of Buddha are distributed…and all the relics are not at single place…? I hope I am able to convey what I am asking…
In other words …did venerable Mogaliputta tissa divide teachings into 9 distinct parts? Or was it the same teachings copied 9 times so that it will help to preserve the dispensation of our lord longer(in a sense that if one copy gets lost there is another)?
Lastly my main question is that, “is there possibly any relationship that 9 vehicles to enlightenment(Sravaka vehicle, pratyeka-buddha vehicle, Bodhisattva vehicle, are 3 of those 9 vehicles)as given in Nyingma school of tibetan buddhism are in any way related to those 9 different missions? I mean is there a chance that it is the same?” (As both are numbered 9)
I hope venerable @sujato or any one else can shed light over it if possible… I consider venerable sujato as one of many windows which can give to ‘those with faith’ the glimpse of the time when lord buddha was walking on earth with his sangha…so I will be grateful if venerable responds… although I completely understand he has more important works than answering random less fruitful questions.
The text “Samantapasadika” - It is collection of Pali commentaries on the Theravada Tipitaka Vinaya which was translation of Sinhala commentaries into Pali by Buddhaghosa in 5th century (based on Wikipedia)
I am follower and with a background of THERAVADA buddhism(EBT)…so I am asking this question from the perspective of EBT/Theravada. My personal belief is that elders(arhats)were the original disciples of Lord Buddha and only these ven. arhats knew about all the teachings of buddha.
I am not PRIMARILY in search of answers/opinions of Mahayana or any other school other than THERAVADA/EBT, although I will definitely appreciate it. So I request you guys to share what you think if possible.
English isn’t my primary language…so I hope I didn’t sound rude! I beforehand apologise if I did!