Around B.E. 224, during the reign of King Asoka, Buddhism was at its peak of prosperity, with the Sagha well patronized and the Bhikkhus abundantly supported and cared for. This inevitably resulted in the heretics i.e. the monks of other traditions masquerading as Bhikkhus and exploiting the King's and the people's faith and reverence. Once again the Dhamma was distorted and perverted to suit the purposes of those heretics. And as before the third Synod or General Council of the sagha was convened in about B.E. 225 at the Monastery of Asokrma, in the city of Ptalputta, with King Asoka as the supreme patron. Through the concerted efforts of all concerned, the Synod was a success in bequeathing to posterity the genuine Dhamma rid of polluted elements.
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