THE 5 PERIODS OF SHAKYAMUNI’S DHARMA

From Moon-Repository Assembly Sutra, Ch 17

1st Period: 483BC-17AD

Those who follow the right Dharma will attain deliverance for sure

2nd Period: 17AD-517AD

They will attain samadhi for sure

3rd Period: 517AD-1017AD

They will read and recite sutras

4th Period: 1017AD-1517AD

They will build temples and pagodas

5th Period: 1517AD-2017AD

They will argue among themselves and bring ruin to the Dharma