Flow of Buddhism: King Ashoka

King Ashoka: Spreading Buddhism throughout India

Ashoka is the third king of the Indian Mauryan dynasty (reign c. 268- c. 232BCE). Repenting of the atrocities he committed when he conquered neighbouring kingdoms, he converted to Buddhism. He renounced conquest by force, practiced compassion and adopted governance through the Dharma (Buddhist teachings of correct way of life). Throughout India, he erected many stupas (Buddhist structures like towers and domes) and monuments bearing edicts that promoted Buddhist ideals. These ideals were also inscribed in rocks walls, cliff faces and stone pillars.