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Top down or bottom up?


#1

I came across a view recently that Buddhism grew as a ‘top down’ rather than ‘bottom up’ phenomenon, meaning it was due to the Buddha’s interactions with upper level -kings, merchants etc- people rather than the lower level- peasants beggars etc- that was the driving factor in it’s growth as a religion, it made me wonder from all the interactions we have recorded in the Pāḷi canon what percentages are with 1). Kings/Merchants 2) Ascetics/Brahmins & 3) labourers/beggers? Do you have any data?


#2

It shouldnt be hard to come up with the stats provided one knows how to create scripts that could crawl through either the original Pali texts or Bhante @sujato’s translations to count how many times the terms and names of key Kings/Merchants and Ascetics/Brahmins come up.
Unfortunately I dont have that skill!
:anjal:


#3

From this paper by John Kelly