Siddhartha Gautama, Or The Buddha

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Siddhartha Gautama, or the Buddha, founded Buddhism once he reached a state of dharma at age twenty-nine. Once he founded Buddhism, he travelled the world trying to spread his philosophy. Buddha preached that the biggest hallucination in life is the tangible world. While spreading Buddhism, he converted a small portion of South Asia. Buddhism was developed throughout South Asia by the main political powers of Aśoka and the Tang Dynasty. Aśoka, the Mauryan Dynasty’s third king ruled the empire at its peak. The Mauryan Dynasty Empire swept the majority of South Asia. Accepting of other religions, Aśoka had access to a variety of people and religions residing in his reign. However, the king remained in his traditional Buddhist ways and it showed throughout his rule. Aśoka wanted to spread dharma to his people, so he had the Pillar Edicts made, the first tangible evidence of Buddhism scripture carved into stone. These pieces of stone have Asoka’s ideas on animal justice, his religious and moral standings, and social welfare . Having these palpable pieces of Buddhism diffused throughout his empire for public viewing was one of the major ways he helped spread Buddhism. The Pillar Edicts, the stone pieces Aśoka had carved, shows how Aśoka changed his empire and changed Buddhism. By applying Buddhism to ruling an empire, he developed Buddhism to become more adaptable, but did not allow it lose its purity. The Fourth Pillar Edict, The Seventh Pillar Edict, and the Kalinga

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