Ashoka : An Ideal Ruler

In this video, Patrick Given-Wilson speaks about Emperor Ashoka, grandson of Chandragupta, founder of the Maurya Dynasty. Ashoka ruled most of the Indian subcontinent between around 268 to 232 BCE, and lived at a time when Dhamma was still strong in India. He fostered it throughout his kingdom and widely beyond its borders. He sent two arahants, Sona Thera and Uttara Thera, to Burma where the practice extended through generations of teachers to Ledi Sayadaw, Saya Thetgyi, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, and S.N. Goenka. It was because of Ashoka that we can practice Dhamma today.