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Foreword by His Excellency J R Jayewardene
Trials and Gains of a Pioneer
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according Anuradhapura appears Asoka become bhikkhus Bodhi-tree brother brought Buddha Buddhist built called caused century Ceylon Chapter Chronicles considered constructed continued Council Damilas death described Dharma Dipavamsa Dutthagamani early earth edicts eight Elara elephant established evidence existence explains Extended fact Faith father five foll four further gave Geiger Geiger translates given gives gods hand historical hundred important India inscriptions island king king's known later literary literature living lord Mahavamsa Mahinda meaning mentioned mind ministers monastery monks months original Pali period person present prince question records reference regards reign relating relics religious Sangha says scholars sent seven Sinhala sources South Sri Lanka statement story thera thousand throne thupa Tika tion Tissa took tradition translation various verses Vijaya