Settling Down Buddhist Teachings in Writing: The Birth of the Sutras
In his lifetime, Shakyamuni Buddha did not commit his teachings in writing. His teachings were spread by his disciples who memorised them and shared it orally with other people. After his passing, Shakyamuni’s disciples, particularly the monks, felt it was crucial to put down their mentor’s sublime teaching s in writing. Therefore, they formed Buddhist Councils where they would recite Shakyamuni’s teachings and put them into writing. Thus, the Buddhist sutras came into being. This process also gave birth to the Lotus Sutra.