Religion timeline


Confucius is born

551 BCE

First writings related to what later becomes Taoism are created

550 BC

Confucius starts teaching

522 BCE

Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, based on whose teachings Buddhism developed.

500 BCE - 400 BCE

Confucius dies

480 BCE

Writings of various spiritual thinkers collected.

400 BC - 300 BC

Reign of King Ashoka, patron of Buddhism; sends first Buddhists to Sri Lanka in the third century.

269 BCE - 231 BCE

Rise of Mahayana Buddhism.

100 BCE - 100 CE

Way of the celestial masters sect founded. Taoism becomes organised religion

142 AD

Taoism becomes legitimate religion throughout the Northern and Southern Dynasties

386 - 589 AD