vidya vidya at
Thu May 2 00:10:48 UTC 1996

> There were also Buddhist missionaries who visited Greece, Egypt and other
> countries in the Mediterranean area.  One such visit is documented as late
> as 20 BCE in Athens.  In this account an ambassador from India was
> accompanied by a Buddhist philosopher who immolated himself (to prove some
> point of impermanence?).  His tomb became a famous tourist attraction and

Isn't "kalanos, the gymnosophist," who went with Alexander, also supposed to
have immolated himself?

I thought there was some speculation that he was a Jaina. 

S. Vidyasankar

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