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Recently, while reading a book written by Douglas Harding (The Trial of the Man Who Said He Was God), I came across a very interesting statement. This was to the effect that, within Buddhism, there are two traditional explanations of the Buddha's reluctance to share his discovery (this was immediately after his enlightenment) with others.
The one that I am familiar with is that the Buddha considered that the vast majority of people would be too obsessed with wealth, standing or power, with sensual pleasures etc., to think that what he had to say had any value. The other traditional explanation of the Buddha's initial reluctance to preach is (Harding claimed) found in the Burmese and in some Tibetan traditions. Harding claimed that what these tradition/sub-traditions aver is that what the Buddha discovered was TOO OBVIOUS to need explanation.
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