The Four Noble Truths Instructed by the Buddha, Questions and Answers

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How did the invasions, and attempted conquest of Alexander, aid Chandragupta Maurya to build his empire in northern India? How did his grandson Ashoka manage to govern his large and diverse empire?
2. In what ways was the Gupta dynasty associated with Hinduism? Why were the southern kingdoms more stable after the collapse of the Gupta, c. 600 CE than they had been before?
3. Describe the Four Noble Truths that the Buddha taught; how do these represent a reaction against the Vedic and Jain traditions? Why did Buddhism draw more devotees than Jainism.
4. Describe the expansion of India culture to Southeast Asia; how did that influence differ from the expansion of Indian culture to China and Japan?
5. Although legally and economically, women's lives were more restricted than men's lives, what options did religion and literature offer to women?

1. The invasions, and attempted conquest of Alexander caused dislocations in the northwest, which aided Chandragupta Maurya to build his empire in northern India by allowing Chandragupta to pursue a long drawn out strategy of acquiring the least contented and most vulnerable of the Nandas’ client states while accurately encircling and conclusively dominating Magadba. Chandragupta’s grandson Ashoka managed to govern his large and diverse empire by possibly stealing the crown from his father; his grandfather resigned to join an ascetic religious order, the Jains. Ashoka’s military troops drove the Mauryan Empire further…

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