After reading the article “Getting the message” by Ven Thanissaro, I started to wonder whether the next Emperor Ashoka will emerge in a western country.
Is this possible?
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If anyone does not know about Emperor Ashoka please read:
Ashoka's reign as emperor began with a series of wars and bloodshed, culminating in the Kalinga War of 260 BC.
The mammoth loss of life and suffering witnessed on the battlefield made him turn away from war.
He subsequently became deeply influenced by Buddhism, and adopted the dharma, which consists of basic virtuous teachings that can be practiced by all men regardless of social origins.
"Dharma" is derived from the Sanskrit word for "duty".http://www.porchlight.ca/~blackdog/ashoka.htm