BC303 - Buddhism and the Asokan Dhamma

The nature, scope and the purpose of the Dharma which Emperor Asoka propagated through his inscriptions have given rise to many interpretations on the part of modern historians. The present course, while making a critical assessment of them, seeks to take/explain its correspondence to the teachings of the Buddha. The course will attempt to identify the Buddhist canonical texts which served as sources of inspiration for the Asokan Dharma.