The Emperor Ashoka and the Spread of Buddhism
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 Buddhist Councils
The Four Buddhist Councils of early Buddhist history mark significant milestones in the development of Buddhism.