Ashoka Was Inspired By the Teachings of?

By Esha Dhawan|Updated : August 25th, 2022

(A) Mahavira

(B) Nagarjuna

(C) Ashvaghosha

(D) Buddha

The answer is option D) Buddha. The great emperor Ashoka was inspired by the teachings of Buddha. The third emperor of the legendary Maurya dynasty, Ashoka the great, was one of the most potent conquerors of ancient India. However, after the Kalinga war, Ashoka had a change of heart as he saw the ruins and loss of life due to the war. This made him leave the path of violence and adopt the path of Buddhism.

Answer:

Ashoka was inspired by the teachings of Buddha

Later, Ashoka followed his Dhamma which was influenced by the teachings of Buddha and was based on human values. He went through a spiritual transformation which was revealed in his governance later on. He brought many legislative changes to his empire, stated the right way of life for his citizens, and encouraged them to follow the path of dhamma. 

Summary:

Ashoka Was Inspired By the Teachings of?

The great emperor Ashoka was inspired by the teachings of Buddha. After conquering many kingdoms and causing mass slaughter, Ashoka had a change of heart after the war of Kalinga. He saw the ruin and death he had caused and decided to give up violence and armed conquests. He then got inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and began following his dhamma.

 

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