Visual Timeline: Buddhism

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500 BCE 400 BCE 300 BCE 200 BCE 100 BCE 0 CE 100 CE 200 CE 300 CE 400 CE  
 
490 BCE - 410 BCE: The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to modern scholar consensus.
 
448 BCE - 368 BCE: The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to the Short chronology (Indian chronology).
 
386 BCE: Second Buddhist council held at Vaishali, according to the Corrected Long Chronology. Emergence of the Mahasanghika school.
 
268 BCE: Second Buddhist council held at Vaishali, according to the Short Chronology. Emergence of the Mahasanghika school.
 
 
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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