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There are three basic dating schemes for the determination of Buddha's historical dates: (1) "the long chronology", (2) the "corrected long chronology", and (3) the "short chronology". This article analyses the three traditional theories. Each of the theories has some persuasive arguments, yet each has serious problems. Which, if any, should we believe and how could one of them affirm any conclusion? It was this dilemma that framed Heinz Bechert's symposium in Hedemünden near Göttingen betweendoi:10.14232/belv.2015.4.8 fatcat:ggpfswxwu5apfgbnroiz6abpru