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Some Important Buddhist dates

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  1. 563/560 b.c. birth of Siddartha Gautama in Kapilavastu (present day Lumbini), near the Nepali/Indian border, six kilometres within present day Nepal; this is now contested by Indian scholars see link below
  2. The real birth place of the Buddha (in Orissa of course !)
  3. 483/480 b.c. parinirvana of Siddartha Gautama Shakyamuni and first council at Rajagrha
  4. 383 b.c. ??? secound council at Vaisali
  5. 327-324 b.c. Alexander's Indian expedition
  6. c. 317 b.c. founding of Mauryan empire by Chandragupta Maurya
  7. 268-233 b.c. Ashoka Maurya rules from Burma to Iran and from Nepal to South India
  8. c. 246 b.c. Mahendra in Ceylon
  9. c. 185 b.c. death of the last Mauryan ruler
  10. c. 180-55 b.c. Indo-Greeks rulers in the North-West of India (Gandhara, present day Afghanistan and Pakistan)
  11. 155-130 b.c. rule of the Indo-Greek Menander (Milinda)
  12. 25-320 A.D. Kushan empire
  13. 65 A.D. Buddhism in China
  14. 1st/2nd century A.D.??? : the "Second Buddha" Nagarjuna
  15. 320-490 A.D. Gupta empire
  16. 4th century A.D. Buddhism in Korea, Indonesia
  17. 5th century A.D. Buddhism in Borneo
  18. 6th century A.D. Buddhism in Japan
  19. 7th century A.D. Buddhism in Tibet
  20. 606-647 A.D. Rule of Harsha in India
  21. 632 A.D. the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo send his minister to India to study Sanskrit and Buddhism
  22. 740-786 A.D. King Trisong Detsen calls Shantarakshita to Tibet
  23. 787 A.D. foundation of Samye, first official Buddhist monastery in Tibet, by Padmasambhava (the Nying-ma-pa lineage)
  24. 9th century A.D. Angkor Wat (Buddhism in Cambodia and South-Est Asia)
  25. 1029-1042 A.D. Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana in Tibet (the Kadampa lineage)
  26. 1040-1123 A.D. Milarepa (the Ka-gyu-pa lineage)
  27. 1280-1368 A.D. Mongol (Yuan) dynasty in China, supremacy of the Sa-kya-pa lineage in Tibet
  28. 1280-1295 A.D. Kubilai Khan rules over China (Marco Polo travels to China from Venezia)
  29. 1357-1419 A.D. Lama Je Tsong-kha-pa (Gelug-pa lineage)
  30. July 6th, 1935 - birth in Amdo province of Tibet of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, XIVth Dalai Lama
  31. March 10th, 1959 - Tibetan uprising in Lhasa against the Han occupying army 



for even more Buddhist dates !!!

Rudy's Buddhist timeline


Wikipedia's Buddhist timeline


Buddhist Videos on line

  1. Lama Thubten Yeshe - Introduction to Tantra part 1 (1h26mn)
  2. His Holiness the Dalai-Lama on Heaven and Hell (9mn)
  3. His Holiness the Dalai-Lama on the Four Noble Truths (part 1/4 - 91mn)

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