Emperor Constantine sees the Dharma Wheel in a dream vision. The emperor will convert to Theravada Buddhism afterwards.

Emperor Constantine sees the Dharma Wheel in a dream vision. The emperor will convert to Theravada Buddhism afterwards.

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    A real emperor only has politically expedient visions

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Constantine converted on his death bed and the buddist thing wouldnt work considered that buddism was nearly inexstant in the Roman empire unlike christianity

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      no he converted after he saw the chi ro

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Constantine was baptized on his deathbed and officially adopted Christianity at the time, up until then he was in a nebulous state of officially decreeing that Judaism and Christianity were Rome's state religions because of the patronage by the israeli deity, but the status of "state religions" was still conceived of in Pagan terms rather than in Christian ones.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        No he didnt you idiot

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    As a Buddhist I don't really see how it would help Rome as a state religion. It's not really focused on converting people. Christianity or another dogmatic religion really was the best option for such a sprawling and internally fragmented state.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >As a Buddhist I don't really see how it would help Rome as a state religion.
      Emperor Ahsoka rings a bell?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Ashoka was not a practicising monk during wartime, he converted after he did most of his killing and started preaching the oppposite. I don't deny that Buddhism is beneficial on the personal level but it is less than useful as a states political weapon and in that field brings nothing that can't be replicated with another religion. The concept of a holy war is also far harder to justify.

        >It's not really focused on converting people
        Buddhism makes Islam look like a good idea by comparison.

        Islam unironically would be a better option for Rome if your goal is a militarized state. Unfortunately it has all the inbreeding and anti-culture elements that would steadily destroy everything you know that is Roman in lieu of Arab-LARP like most muslim states today.
        ... Unless the Romans rewrote Islam to fit their own values like they did with Roman Catholicism and created their own heresy, I can see it working out more if they do it like that.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >As a Buddhist I don't really see how it would help Rome as a state religion.
          Emperor Ahsoka rings a bell?

          Also, Ashoka didn't use Buddhism to create a massive bureaucracy and run a Soviet style centrally planned dictatorship, he just used it to justify why he went from being a warmonger to a peace loving benefactor. But then, he did just make up the clerical aspects of Christianity to justify doing that anyways so I don't see why he couldn't just do that to Buddhism (other than the fact that the Buddhists would tell him to frick off for suggesting it).

          >Emperor Constantine sees the Dharma Wheel in a dream vision. The emperor will convert to Theravada Buddhism afterwards.
          Indians consistently surprise me with how amazingly stupid that can be. It's like an art form for them.

          Indians hate Theravada Buddhism, anon.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >he doesn't know
            The Arthashastra was basically the guidebook for a politico-religious police state, down to secret police, religious police, a giant sprawling bureaucracy (that ultimately collapsed under its own weight) and other things eerily similar to the Roman Empire. The only difference would mainly be that Christianity was taken from the religion of slaves in a vast slave empire and made into the master's religion as well, allowing slavery to persist well into the common era in Europe. Meanwhile, India's caste system seems to only have solidified by the Guptas 1000 years later and there doesn't seem to have been a similar cruel irony of the slave being told that the God his ancestors had worshipped for generations to set them free was actually totally all for his master keeping him in chattel bondage.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            The Arthashastra wasn't the guidebook behind Ashoka's empire, however, if he could even really be said to have had one. Constantine meanwhile had people actively working to complete Diocletian's vision and put their own personal touches on it (such as Eusebius).

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >literally written by Ashoka's mentor and vizier
            I beg to differ

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Chanakya was invented by Brahminists centuries after Ashoka to claim they were responsible for everything he accomplished.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Emperor Constantine sees the Dharma Wheel in a dream vision. The emperor will convert to Theravada Buddhism afterwards.
    Indians consistently surprise me with how amazingly stupid that can be. It's like an art form for them.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >It's not really focused on converting people
    Buddhism makes Islam look like a good idea by comparison.

  6. 3 months ago
    Chud Anon

    Best ending

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    There was no vision. The israeli program of Christianity had subverted roman soldiers to a point where Rome had to get out in front of it. It was a political move to commandeer and direct a poison that was destroying the empire.

    • 3 months ago
      Chud Anon

      >render unto ceaser, you'll get a reward in yahwehland(tm)

      the perfect religion for a nation of submissive proles

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    In the west the indo aryans got destroyed by Semitic peoples, in the East they got destroyed by hobos like the jains and buddhists.

    It's a pity that the hobos are inherently antisocial, this gives a guaranteed win to the Semites for world dominaiton.

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