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Recently, I was reading a book by Douglas Harding (The Trial of the Man Who Said He Was God). In it, I found a very interesting statement. Harding claimed that, within Buddhism, two traditions exist with regard to the reason for the Buddha's initial reluctance to tell others about his discovery. The tradition that I (and most others, I suppose) am familiar with is that the Buddha thought that the vast majority of people would be too bound up with acquiring wealth, standing or power, enjoying sensual pleasures etc., to be interested in what he had to say.
The other tradition (according to Harding) can be found in the Burmese and in some Tibetan traditions. Harding claims that these state that the reason for the Buddha's initial reluctance was that what he discovered was TOO OBVIOUS to need stating.
I have tried, by looking on the Web, to find some account of the second tradition, without success. Is there anyone out there sufficiently well-read to be able to tell me where I may find that second account?
With thanks in hopeful anticipation,