An ancient Chinese tradition holds that at the time of the first emperor of Qin, known as Qinshihuang, 18 Indian monks, headed by Shilifang, came to China on a mission. Is that true?

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It is not recorded in the official Chinese history, but it is possible that King Asoka dispatched a group of missionaries. At the time of Asoka’s grandfather, document had already mentioned Chinese silk products (in Sanskrit, words relating to silk, such as Cinapatta, meaning bundle of silk, and Cinasukka, meaning silk clothes, bear the root “cina” as their component). Thus it can be seen that even before Qinshihuang there had been intercourse between China and India. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)


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