Answer to Question #175529 in English for Everlyn Ndirangu

Question #175529

Why did Ashoka convert to Buddhism? What does this edict reveal about Buddhist

ideas about war? In a paragraph

According to Ashoka, what is a Buddhist conquest? How should a Buddhist king

rule? In a paragraph

Expert's answer

Part 1

Ashoka converted to Buddhism since he regretted participating on the conquest of Kalinga because, during the conquest of a previously unconquered nation, various injustices, including killing and captivating people occurred, yet it was avoidable. The edict shows that Buddhism is against warring activities because they cause deaths and unnecessary among human beings. 

Part 2

Ashoka argued that a Buddhist conquest involves spreading Buddhism to as many people as possible. Ashoka’s leadership showed that a Buddhist king should rule benevolently, and should uphold dharma (righteousness). The ruler should also integrate Buddhist values in his military and political governance.  

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