This sermon, "Edicts of Asoka," was given by the Reverend Russ Savage. King Asoka ruled the Mauryan Empire in India 269-232 BCE, nearly 2300 years ago. He began his reign as a highly authoritarian leader, but then became a Buddhist and softened his way. Many of his Edicts, which were carved into a series of rocks and thus remain available to us, referred to goodness to the poor and proper treatment of animals. One Edict speaks of freedom of religion. What can such an ancient collection of laws have to say to us today? This is the second in an occasional series of sermons about codes of behavior.

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