Berenike (Roman Egypt) Graeco-Buddhist statue, Brahmi script, trade network, Temple of Isis

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The article tells of a gypsum block with a Sanskrit message in Brahmi script, saying:

In the sixth year of King Philip the kshatriya Vasula gave this image for the welfare and happiness of all beings.

Which, as the article says, is “undeniably Buddhist”. (How nice that this is how Buddhists are recognized!)

From Sunāparanta (near Bharuch), where Puṇṇa famously introduced the Dhamma (MN 145), this port is about 5,000km by sea, taking about three or four weeks to sail.


The whole article is well worth a read!

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