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  • c. 100 BCE
    Buddhist sutras began to be written down in Pali.
  • c. 50 BCE - c. 600 CE
    The Perfection of Wisdom texts are written by Mahayana Buddhist sages in India; expounding upon the central vision of the Buddha.
  • 148 CE
    An Shigao is the first Buddhist translator mentioned in Chinese sources who established a translation centre in the Chinese imperial capital, Luoyang.
  • c. 200 CE
    The Buddhist Lotus Sutra is written down in Pali language.
  • c. 200 CE - c. 400 CE
    The Buddhist Nirvana Sutra is written down in Pali language.