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I was talking with a friend and thought I was making a sound distinction when I said the the Buddha didn't claim what he learned at enlightenment and then taught to his disciples was new. As in, he laid out an eternal truth in his teachings that has always existed along with consciousness itself. But then I started to wonder, I am correct or have I muddled the history with my own assumptions?
Conversely, do we know if the Buddha ever explicitly said that his teachings were not new?