Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Asoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star. – H.G. Wells
Asoka’s Treasure was born to continue the tradition of King Asoka’s intention to share a peaceful mind and compassionate actions with all beings. We carry Asian inspired Art from all over the world: Asian Art, Buddhist Statues for the home and garden, Thai Amulets & Lucky Charms, Tibetan Thangkas, Singing Bowls, Home Décor and Meditation Supplies.
If not for King Asoka, Buddhism may not have survived. King Asoka (304-232 BCE) was once cruel and harsh governing over the Mauryan Empire, one of the world’s largest empires at its time. He eventually changed his ways when he began to follow Buddhism.
King Asoka led a war against a feudal state named Kalinga and it is considered one of the most brutal and bloodiest wars in world history with around 300,000 casualties, the city devastated and thousands of surviving men, women and children deported. Afterwards he was sickened by the slaughter of the war and refused to keep on fighting. King Asoka issued an edict expressing his regret for the suffering inflicted in Kalinga and assuring the people he would renounce war and embrace the propagation of Buddhist teachings.
King Asoka established an empire on the foundation of righteousness while making the moral and spiritual welfare of his subjects its primary concern. He distributed wealth to support the monastic Buddhist communities, established Buddhist pilgrimage sites, organized the Third Buddhist Council and built 84,000 stupas which are commemorative Buddhists buildings used as a place of meditation and turned Buddhism into a state religion.
King Asoka began to issue one of the most famous edicts in the history of government and instructed his officials to carve them on rocks and pillars, in line with the local dialects and in a very simple fashion. In the rock edicts, King Asoka talks about religious freedom and religious tolerance, he instructs his officials to help the poor and the elderly, establishes medical facilities for humans and animals, commands obedience to parents, respect for elders, generosity for all priests and ascetic orders no matter their creed, orders fruit and shade trees to be planted and also wells to be dug along the roads so travelers can benefit from them.
May we always remember the life of King Asoka. May we continue to share his passion for creating
sacred spaces in a society that desperately needs change.