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Ashoka's courses are created to support your practice.
Support Ashoka's efforts with a donation of $25 or more and receive a half-year subscription to either Shambhala Sun or Buddhadharma, the Practitioners's Quarterly (two issues).
In this course you explore the Dalai Lama's framework for moral living, which rests on the observation that those whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied and the belief that much of the unhappiness we humans endure is actually of our own making.
www.ashokaedu.net   (257 words)

  PND - - NPO Spotlight - Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Ashoka is a global organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs — individuals with innovative ideas for change in their communities — and invests in them.
Ashoka fellows receive stipends and professional services for up to three years that allow them to focus full time on their visions for leading social change in one of six broad areas: education and youth development, health care, environment, human rights, access to technology, or economic development.
Ashoka has programs — and fellows — throughout Africa, Asia, Central Europe, Latin America, and the United States and Canada that support six initiatives: Innovative Learning, Environmental Innovations, Global Health, Law for All, Economic Development, and Civic Participation.
www.foundationcenter.org /pnd/spotlight/spotlight.jhtml?id=81700016   (429 words)

Ashoka was anointed the new emperor or ruler of the Mauryan Empire in 274 BCE.
Edward D'cruz interprets the Ashokan dharma as a "religion to be used as a symbol of a new imperial unity and a cementing force to weld the diverse and heterogeneous elements of the empire".
Ashoka defined the main principles of dharma (dhamma) as nonviolence, tolerance of all sects and opinions, obedience to parents, respect for the Brahmans and other religious teachers and priests, liberality towards friends, humane treatment of servants, and generosity towards all.
members.porchlight.ca /blackdog/ashoka.htm   (1372 words)

 Ashoka - MSN Encarta
Ashoka’s grandfather, Chandragupta, had established a large kingdom in northern India and this was further expanded by Ashoka’s father, Bindusara.
On becoming king, Ashoka was required to rule a vast empire stretching from north-eastern India to the southern border of modern Karnataka, eastward to the Ganges delta, and to the north-west, incorporating southern and eastern Afghanistan.
After eight years as king, Ashoka conquered Kalinga (in modern Orissa), both to control a part of the subcontinent that was rich in ores and agrarian revenue, and to secure the sea route along the east coast to the Krishna valley, where major gold fields and veins of semi-precious stones were located.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761560092/Ashoka.html   (1037 words)

 Ashoka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ashoka (304-232 BC) was the ruler of the Maurya Empire from 273 to 232 BC.
Ashoka was the son of the Mauryan Emperor Bindusara by a relatively lower ranked queen named Darma.
Ashoka was grieved by this, and was counselled by his nephew (who had been raised in the ashram and was more priest than prince) to embrace his dharma and draw away from war.
buddhism.2be.net /Ashoka   (3041 words)

 Ashoka the Great - The Boston Globe
Born only 30 years after Alexander embarked on his improbably successful invasion of Asia, Ashoka was not only the first great ruler to reject the glory of violent conquest, but also the first to apply the teachings of the Buddha to politics and governance.
Ashoka came to the Buddha's teachings gradually, over two and half years, as he said in one of his inscriptions, and then he applied them selectively.
While Ashoka's dharma had much in common with the virtuous conduct that the Buddha preached, it was mostly his own invention -- a way of requiring the state to incarnate a higher morality that would appeal equally to, and thus unite, the multi-religious, multicultural subjects of his vast empire.
www.boston.com /news/globe/ideas/articles/2004/12/05/ashoka_the_great   (1912 words)

Turkish Ashoka Fellows are well poised to help affect the necessary change, and are working to boost economic development, improve the standard of living in Turkey, and help move their country towards greater acceptance and integration with their European counterparts.
Ashoka Fellows are transforming the lives of boys and girls who end up living on the streets of Istanbul and other major cities, ending the discrimination against Gypsies, improving the economic situation of women and low-income families, empowering the disabled and their families, and creating support centers for abused women.
Ashoka made its debut appearance on Turkish TV as the 2004 Induction ceremony was lengthily featured on Turkey’s largest national TV channel, and the broadcast throughout Europe and Central Asia.
www.arkadaslar.info /ashoka.htm   (2084 words)

 The Unknown Ashoka by Pradip Bhattacharya
Ashoka, it seems, realized that he would never be able to match the Nagas in their devotion, and this is shown on the bas-reliefs at the Sanchi and Amaravati stupas.
Now, in Ashoka’s palace lived a servant girl who was sorrowful for she thought that Ashoka had become so great because of the meritorious acts he had done in the past life, while her being destitute was undoubtedly the result of bad deeds in her earlier lives.
Ashoka was desperate to be known as the greatest of all donors to the Faith of the Buddha.
www.boloji.com /history/001a.htm   (5427 words)

 Ashoka’s Dream, Peter Lieberson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ashoka’s Dream imagines events in the ruler’s life, and in the lives of those close to him before, during, and after his transformation.
Ashoka's Dream, Lieberson's first opera, is both splashy and stirring in its revealing of the majesty of its storytelling.
Ashoka's Dream [is] a meditation on the famous Emperor of India, [that] comes to life through Lieberson's deeply felt, memorable, well-scored music.
www.schirmer.com /composers/lieberson_ashoka.html   (1036 words)

 Ashoka information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
After a number of military conquests, Ashoka reigned over most of South Asia and beyond, from present-day Afghanistan and parts of Persia in the west, to Bengal and Assam in the east, and as far south as Mysore.
A convert to Buddhism, Ashoka established monuments marking several significant sites in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, and according to Buddhist tradition was closely involved in the preservation and transmission of Buddhism.
Ashoka was the son of the Maurya Emperor Bindusara by a relatively lower ranked queen named Dharma.
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 Ashoka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ashoka - the name translates to 'one without grief' - declared that all people were like his own children and he commanded his governors to administer the land accordingly.
Ashoka got his edicts inscribed on monolithic stone pillars adorned with strikingly beautiful animal capitals.
Ashoka endeavoured to set up an enlightened government for a genuine welfare state.
www.goindiago.com /history/ashoka.htm   (112 words)

 The My Hero Project - Ashoka
Ashoka was the ruler of the Mauryan Empire from 273 B.C. to 232 B.C. His territory included most of India and parts of what is today Afghanistan and Iran.
Ashoka was standing on the field after the fighting had ended.
Ashoka was a fierce warrior-king who changed his ways and became a beloved peacemaker.
www.myhero.com /myhero/hero.asp?hero=Ashoka   (647 words)

 History of Ashoka's Life
Because of his acumen as an administrator and ability as a soldier, Ashoka was appointed to be Governor of two troublesome regions of India, Ujjain and Taxila, that were frequently in rebellion.
Ashoka was so disgusted by the carnage that he turned away from war and accepted Buddhism.
Ashoka due to his Buddhist beliefs could not kill other living things, so he changed the custom to a yearly tour of his realm to spread the message of Dharma.
academics.da.org /dmarkus/ashokahist.htm   (655 words)

 Emperor Ashoka - Famous India
A very brave ruler and a good administrator, Emperor Ashoka was the younger son of the King Bindusara and was given the throne soon after the kings death because he was loved and respected by his subjects and by his ministers.
Ashoka's contribution in spreading Buddhism around the world is enormous, the result of which is quite visible in the modern India.
King Ashoka (also known as - Ashoka the Great) died in 232 BC, but continues to be the part of the great history of India and respected amongst the greatest rulers of the Indian Subcontinent.
www.famous-india.com /people-in-india/emperor-ashoka.html   (579 words)

 Why Pushyamitra was more 'Secular' than Ashoka
After Ashoka's lavish sponsorship of Buddhism, it is perfectly possible that Buddhist institutions fell on slightly harder times under the Shungas, but persecution is quite another matter.
To say that Ashoka, whose devotion to all religious sects is unique in the history of humanity (as is well-known through his edicts) persecuted the Jains or the Ajivikas is simply absurd.
Moreover, the non-persecution of other religions, claimed here for Ashoka against the very evidence under discussion, was not unique at all: it was the rule among Hindu kings throughout history, and the Buddha himself had been one of its beneficiaries.
koenraadelst.bharatvani.org /articles/ayodhya/pushyamitra.html   (1519 words)

 Ashoka's Dream: Synopsis
Lakshmi appeals to Ashoka to stop his destructive armies but Ashoka rebuffs her saying that peace is nothing more than a mirage and can only be guaranteed through force.
Ashoka asks Cankya to join in his good works but Cankya says he cannot be a part of a world he does not understand.
Ashoka exiles Triraksha for her crime and declares that her son will never rule, but the crown will follow Lakshmi's line.
opera.stanford.edu /Lieberson/Ashoka/synopsis.html   (818 words)

 IndiaParenting.com - Great Indians - Ashoka The Great
One of the greatest emperors known to Indian history, Ashoka, was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya and the son of Bindusar.
Ashoka, himself was a great philanthropist and worked day and night for the welfare of his people.
Ashoka opened charitable hospitals and dispensaries for the welfare of the poor.
www.indiaparenting.com /stories/greatindians/gi014.shtml   (611 words)

 GOOD Magazine | Subscribe - Ashoka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated.
Ashoka has invested in more than 1,700 social entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries in areas like education, health, human rights, environment and economic development.
Five years after their election to the Ashoka Fellowship, over 93% of Fellows have had their work replicated by other organizations, and within10 years, 71% have changed national policy.
www.goodmagazine.com /choosegood/ashoka   (200 words)

 Political and Social Ethics of India by Sanderson Beck
Ashoka admitted in Rock Edict 13 that eight years after his consecration as king when "Kalinga was conquered, 150,000 people were deported, 100,000 were killed, and many times that number died."4 Yet after that, he was converted to justice (dharma), loved it, and taught it.
Ashoka renounced the violence of war, stating that he would have to bear all that could be borne.
Ashoka's brother Mahendra went to Sri Lanka to convert them to Buddhism, and a branch of the Bodhi tree was planted in the capital Anuradhapura.
www.san.beck.org /EC10-Social.html   (8673 words)

 Fool.com: Ashoka [Foolanthropy]
Ashoka finds practical visionaries around the world with powerful, pattern-changing ideas and provides them with a living stipend for a few years.
In the last 21 years, Ashoka has invested in more than 1,200 leading social entrepreneurs in 43 countries around the globe (including the U.S.), working on issues such as education, healthcare, the environment, human/gender rights, economic development, and poverty alleviation.
Ashoka is unique in that it searches the world for local visionaries with local solutions to local problems, whose models can be replicated nationally and globally.
www.fool.com /foolanthropy/ashoka.htm   (643 words)

 Ashoka--The Sorrowless Tree of India
Ashoka is one of the most legendary and sacred trees of India, and one of the most fascinating flowers in the Indian range of flower essences.
Ashoka is also seen as a remedy for women, allowing them to be feminine.
An example of someone who was much helped by Ashoka was a young woman monk, who would bleed heavily during her menstrual periods.
www.essences.com /vibration/sept98/ashoka.html   (860 words)

 Ashoka CM
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is an international non-profit organization (with US IRS 501(c)(3) status) with twenty years of experience seeking out and supporting the world's leading social entrepreneurs.
Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are recognized to have innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society.
Ashoka Fellows are as interested in the practical or "how-to" (strategic and tactical) questions as they are in the vision itself.
www.virtualfoundation.org /support/consortium/ashoka.html   (1068 words)

 In 324 BCE, Chandragupta, ruler of the Mauryan Empire set out to conquer the weaker surrounding kingdoms to expand the ...
Ashoka was anointed the new emperor in 274 BCE.
Ashoka relinquished all intent in expanding his lands by military means.
This is why the people of modern India have taken his image of "the wheel of dharma" from the sacred pillars and forever embedded it in the center of their national flag.
www.csuchico.edu /~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/spring98/Ashoka.htm   (1482 words)

 Case Studies - Ashoka - L-Soft
Ashoka is a non-profit organization designed to promote the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world.
Stephanie Fischer, an Ashoka representative said, "The mission of Ashoka is to promote the profession of social entrepreneurship, so circulating information and success stories as well as sparking dialogues is of primary importance.
It was launched in December 2000 in response to Ashoka's West African staff and fellows' desire to engage French-speakers working in the field of Social Entrepreneurship.
www.lsoft.com /customers/ashoka.asp   (457 words)

 CharityWiki: Ashoka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs—extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities—supporting them, their ideas and institutions through all phases of their careers.
Ashoka's vision is that of a global society that is able to respond quickly and effectively to social challenges everywhere.
Ashoka is not a foundation, nor a government agency.
wiki.whycharity.org /whycharity/Wiki.jsp?page=Ashoka   (371 words)

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