Today i heard this podcast by Bodhi Tales.
In this podcast, the speaker shares a story of Ashoka’s past birth where he was a contemporary to Buddha. In that story, the Buddha goes on to predict the future birth of Ashoka as a king and spreading dhamma.
It sounded quite interesting to me. But in my own little reading of suttas or Jatakas, i never came across this and i was puzzled.
So a quick search on net brought me to Wikipedia page ‘Ashokavadana’
Ashokavadana - Wikipedia.
It seems the story in podcast stems from here. And this text seems to date post Buddha era (though the exact date when after buddha seems to be very much debated as seen on wikipedia page)
Now the background being established, my question is
Is there any such reference to Ashoka in any Suttas, Jatakas, EBTs? Or is this story of Jaya mentioned in EBTs or reference to any predictions by Buddha about Ashoka?
I also would like to know what views do people have regarding the authenticity of this Sanskrit text if any one who has closely studied about Ashoka and has any idea.
Thank you for reading. Metta.