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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Who converted Kanishka to Buddhism?

  By GK Planet Team       Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Q. Who had converted Kanishka to Buddhism?
  1. Asvaghosha
  2. Parsva
  3. Nagarjuna
  4. Vasumitra
Answer: Asvaghosha

In Buddhist tradition, Kanishka is often described as an aggressive, hot-tempered, rigid, strict, and a bit harsh kind of King before he got converted to Buddhism of which he was very fond, and after his conversion to Buddhism, he became an openhearted, benevolent, and faithful ruler.
Asvaghosha virtually converted Kanishka into a Buddhist. Buddhism had a word of solace and peace for all the seekers of peace and tranquility. When Kanishka came along with his forces to Patliputra, he is said to have met the great Buddhist saint and scholar, Asvaghosha.
Aśvaghoṣa or Ashvaghosha was a Buddhist philosopher, dramatist, poet and orator from India. He was born in Saketa in northern India. He is believed to have been the first Sanskrit dramatist and is considered the greatest Indian poet prior to Kālidāsa. He was the most famous in a group of Buddhist court writers, whose epics rivaled the contemporary Ramayana. Whereas much of Buddhist literature prior to the time of Aśvaghoṣa had been composed in Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, Aśvaghoṣa wrote in Classical Sanskrit.
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