[XII. Faith in Various Districts]
1-62 ≠ Mhv 1-55

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[Summary]
1-9 ≠ Mhv 1-8

The Elder Moggaliputta, the light of the Dispensation of the Victor, I.e. the Buddha, often called Jina or Victor in the texts.01 having brought the Third Recital Traditionally said to have been called by King Asoka after purifying the Sangha, and intended to confirm the true teachings. The traditional date is around 250 years after the Buddha's parinibbāna. However, Asoka doesn't mention it in his Edicts, which must put at least his part in the Council in doubt.02 to a close, looked towards the future and to the establishment of the Dispensation in the border countries. During the month of Kattikā I.e. November.03 he sent various Elders here and there. He sent the Elder Majjhantika to Kasmīra-Gandhāra, saying: “Have the Dispensation established there in the country.”

He sent the Elder Mahādeva to Mahisamaṇḍala. To Vanavāsī he sent the Elder Rakkhita by name; but the Ionian Or, we might say now, the Greek.04 named Dhammarakkhita to Aparantikā. To Mahāraṭṭha Now called Maharashtra.05 he sent the Elder Mahādhammarakkhita; he sent to the world of the Ionians the Elder Mahārakkhita. He sent the Elder Majjhima to the Himālaya Lit: place endowed with snow.06 districts; to Suvaṇṇabhūmi he sent two Elders, Soṇa and Uttara.

All of these Great Elders went with five besides themselves, to give the higher ordination in the border countries. See the introduction for a consideration of the importance of this addition.07 That Great Elder Mahinda, the Elders Iṭṭhiya, Uttiya, Sambala and Bhaddasāla, From the text below we know that two others accompanied Mahinda to Laṅkā, they are the novice Sumana, and the upāsaka Bhaṇḍuka.08 his attendant monks, he sent, saying: “You must establish in the pleasant Island of Laṅkā the pleasant Dispensation of the Victor.”