Sri Lanka Accepts Buddhism

Sri Lanka was the first country outside of India to practice Buddhism by two missionaries circa 251 BCE. The prince and princess of India, Mahendra and Sanghamittha were sent by the Indian emperor Asoka, a convert from Hinduism who made Buddhism India’s state religion. The emissaries succeeded in convincing the king of dhism, his family and his subjects. Buddhism became extinct in India in the ninth century, Sri Lanka has been the country with the oldest continuous Buddhist tradition.

      251 BCE
      Mahendra, Sanghamittha
      prince, princess
      Sri Lanka

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