Confucius is born
First writings related to what later becomes Taoism are created
Confucius starts teaching
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, based on whose teachings Buddhism developed.
500 BCE - 400 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
Taoism becomes legitimate religion throughout the Northern and Southern Dynasties
386 - 589 AD