Visual Timeline: Mahayana Buddhism
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563 BCE - 483 BCE: The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to modern scholarly consensus.
383 BCE: Second Council of Buddhism where different schools break away and form their own traditions.
283 BCE: Mahayana Buddhism already developed and operating alongside other schools, including Mahasanghika.
268 BCE - 232 BCE: Reign of Ashoka the Great who spreads Buddhism throughout India and sends Buddhist missionaries to other nations.
50 BCE - 600 CE: The sutras of The Perfection of Wisdom are written.
200 CE: The Buddhist Lotus Sutra is written down in Pali language.
573 CE - 622 CE: Prince Shotoku was the founder of Japanese Buddhism and of the Japanese nation. He is famous for his 17-article constitution, the first Buddhist constitution ever to be created.