Visual Timeline: Buddhist Literature

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100 BCE: Buddhist sutras began to be written down in Pali.
 
 
148 CE: An Shigao is the first Buddhist translator mentioned in Chinese sources who established a translation centre in the Chinese imperial capital, Luoyang.
 
 
200 CE: The Buddhist Lotus Sutra is written down in Pali language.
 
 
200 CE - 400 CE: The Buddhist Nirvana Sutra is written down in Pali language.
 
 
 
 
 
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