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..........Non-Buddhist events........

 580   Pythagoras 582-507

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 470   Socrates, 469-399

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       (Sri Lanka)
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       Empire,  476
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       (Diamond Sutra, China)
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1210   Magna Carta 1215
  Jenghiz Kahn invades China, 1211
1220   Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274
       Clement of Alexandria, ?-1227
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1450   Leonardo DaVinci, 1452-1519
Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485
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1490   Colombus thinks he found India

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1630   Galileo recants, 1633

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1760   Napolian Bonaparte, 1769-1821

1770   American independance, 1776

1780   French revolution, 1789-1802

1790   Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky,
       1793-1856
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       Russian revolution, 1917-1922
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Buddhist Timeline

Many of these dates 

are approximate. 
 
Many are disputed.  

Then again, I've been 

known to make mistakes. 

If any dates are off by 

more than a few years, 

please let me know.

Thank you.

date ............... Buddhist events

 570   Birth of Siddhartha Gautama, April 8th 566 BCE

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 540   Enlightenment, Dec. 8th 531

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 490   Parinirvana, Feb. 15th 486
       1st Council at Rajagrha, 483
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 440   2nd Council under King Kalasoka, 383 at Vesali

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       Tripitaka composed
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  80   Pali Cannon written

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  30   4th council in Sri Lanka,  Tripitaka codified.  25

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  60   Emperor Ming-ti introduces Buddhism to China  67

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 400   Kumarajiva founds San-Lun school from Madhyamika 402

 410   Asangha  410-500

 420   Vasubandhu 420-500 founder Vijnanavada or Yogacara

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 470   Bodhidharma  470-534

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 520   Bodhidharma goes to China  

 530   Chih-i  531-597

 540   Paramartha  arrives in China 549

 550   Buddhism reaches Japan  552

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 570   Shotoku Taishi  574-622
       Emperor Wu supresses Buddhism  577
 580   Shotoku Taishi  builds Horyuji temple in Japan (?)

 590   Hsuan Tsang, 596-664

 600   Doshaku

 610   Shan-tao  613-681

 620   Sanron school in Japan, 625

 630   6th Patriarch, Hui-neng  637-712

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 680   Divakara brings 40 vol. Kegon text to China  680

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 700   Paramiti translates Surangama Sutra to Chinese, 705

 710

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 740   first Tibetan monastery,  Padmasambhava  748

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 760   Dengyo Daishi (Saicho) 767-822 Introduced Tendai to Japan 803

 770   Kobo Daishi (Kukai) 774-835  introduced Shingon to Japan

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 810   Great Council in Tibet 817

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1010   India invades Sri Lanka, line of transmission  for
       nuns broken
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1040   Kadampa school in Tibet, by Atisha  1042

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1070   Sakya school in Tibet 1071

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1130   Honen Shonin , founder Jodo,  1133-1212

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1160   Council of Anuradhapura, Ceylon

1170   Shinran Shonin (Matsuwara) 1173-1268
       Nembutsu school founded by Honen  1175
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1200   Dogen, 1200-1253

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1360   Gelugpa school in Tibet  1360

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1680   Hakuin, father of modern Rinzai Zen, 1685-1768

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1750  ten Thai Bhikkhus bring Thai Sangha to Sri Lanka

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1800   Amarapura sect to Sri Lanka 1801
       Ramanya sect to Sri Lanka
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1860   Meiji restoration-  Buddhism banned 1867

1870   5th council Mandalay Burma

1880   San Francisco Buddhist Church founded

1890   Maha Bodhi Society, 1891

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1950   6th council, Rangoon.  Translations started.  1954-1956

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1990   Founding of Dragon's Gate Temple, June 1st, 1997

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