Findings shed light on when the Buddha (might have) died

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An photograph of a Bodhi tree with a Buddha statue.

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How to be happy? Heed the wisdom of the Buddha, shown here in a in the Bodhi tree.

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(RNS) The debate over when the Buddha died is not just academic: Buddhist countries such as Thailand use a dating system pegged to the year of his death, and some of his prophecies imply no one will achieve enlightenment a certain number of years after his passing.