Points of Controversy
18.2. Of how the Dhamma was taught
Vetulyakas: By the special creation (abhinimmita).
Vetulyakas: By the venerable Ānanda.
“Sāriputta, I may teach the Dhamma concisely and I may teach it in detail, and I may teach it both ways. It is only they who understand that are hard to find.”
Hence surely the Buddha himself taught the Dhamma.
“By the higher knowledge, bhikkhus, do I teach the Dhamma, not without the higher knowledge; a Dhamma with reference to cause do I teach, not one without; a to wonder-working Dhamma do I teach, and none not wonder-working. And that I, bhikkhus, thus teach the Dhamma, a homily should be made, instruction should be given, to wit, let this, bhikkhus, suffice for your content, let this suffice for your satisfaction and for your gladness: the Exalted One is Buddha Supreme! The Dhamma is well revealed! The Saṅgha is well trained! Now when this declaration was uttered, ten thousand world-systems trembled.”
Hence surely the Exalted Buddha himself taught the Dhamma.