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The Emperor Ashoka and the Spread of Buddhism

The conversion of the Indian Emperor Ashoka (304-232 BCE) to Buddhism was a pivotal moment in Buddhist history. Ashoka sent missionaries to spread Buddhism far outside of India.

Biography of Ashoka the Great
The Emperor Ashoka (304 BCE – 232 BCE) went from being a bloodthirsty conqueror to Buddhism's greatest patron. Ashoka's influence made Buddhism one of the most widespread religions of Asia.

Origins of Theravada Buddhism
The patronage of Ashoka ensured the future of Theravada Buddhism.

The Third Buddhist Council: Pataliputra II

The Third Buddhist Council: Pataliputra I

The Buddhist Councils
The Four Buddhist Councils of early Buddhist history mark significant milestones in the development of Buddhism.

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