Reply To: History of Buddha


I recall this from the Vakkali Sutta, where the Buddha said:

“One who sees the Dhamma sees me; one who sees me sees the Dhamma. For in seeing the Dhamma, Vakkali, one sees me; and in seeing me, one sees the Dhamma.”

This is definitely beautiful and profound, but applies more to the mindsets of ariyā, in my opinion. The ordinary person does have more need for “rituals” and “background” to build saddhā to continue learning Dhamma.

The above verse also brings to mind this:

“One who sees Paṭiccasamuppāda sees the Dhamma.
One who sees the Dhamma sees Paṭiccasamuppāda.”

There’s a whole section on Paṭiccasamuppāda here on puredhamma for anyone who is ready.