Trade links in ancient world

Of interest to Buddhists, An Shigao was a Parthian and probably the first Buddhist translator of Indian texts into Chinese. His translation of The Eight Realizations of Great Beings is still read and used today. This text is often called a “sutra” but was probably a text used for teaching Buddhist basics. These trade routes also illustrate how and why ancient Athens had a Buddhist temple and Alexandria a Buddhist monastery. I personally believe it is very likely that Stoicism is based on or greatly influenced by Buddhist core ideas. ABN

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