After Buddha’s nirvana, the dhamma and sangha
received directives from successive councils over a period of four centuries
in a democratic manner. Magadha king Ajatashatru organized
the first Buddhist Council at Rajagriha three months after Buddha’s
mahanirvana, king Kalashoka convened the second council at Vaishali,
emperor Ashoka patronised the third council at Pataliputra and king
Kaniska convened the fourth council in Ceylon about four centuries later.
This is a large oil painting animated
with sound-and-light narration.