How Did Ashoka Influence Buddhism

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Introduction

Ashoka was the 3rd king of the Mauryan dynasty and also the most famous Mauryan ruler. He ruled from 304-232 BC. The Mauryan kingdom was massive in size and extended from the Hindu Kush region all the way to the Bay of Bengal. It was India’s first truly great empire. Ashoka was not only an able ruler but also brought along the quality of social justice to his already strong administration.
Ashoka embraced Buddhism after the bloody conquest of kalinga (modern day Orissa) because he felt a sense of remorse. Thereafter tolerance,compassion, reverence for life and peaceful co-existence were the cornerstones of his administration. Under him the earliest bans on slavery and capital punishment came into place along with environmental regulations as well.

King Ashoka made a lot of effort to spread Buddhism not only across his kingdom but also outside his Kingdom. He was inspired by the teachings of lord Buddha and played a crucial role in spreading Buddhism across the indian sub-continent. He wanted to spread the word of ‘dhamma’ amongst the masses and most of his life as a ruler after the kaliga war was devoted in spreading ‘dhamma’ and the teachings of Buddha, and ensuring peace throughout his empire.

Why Ashoka embraced Buddhism?

Around the year 260 BC, Ashoka fought many battles and tried expanding his empire southwards. He attacked an area along the eastern coast of India known as Kalinga (Orissa). There were reportedly 100.000 deaths and many more were

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