Asvaghosha in the Context of Buddhism
Asvaghosha was a poet, Musician, scholar and dramatist. He was the contemporary of Kushan king Kanishka. The two well known works are: Buddha –carita and Saundarananda. At the end of these two poetic works, he clearly says. Arya Suvarnaksiputrsya Saketakasya bhikse acarya-bhadant Asvaghosaaya mahakaver Mahavadinah krtiriyam. This would mean Venerable mendicant and teacher Asvaghosa of Saketa,the son of suvarnakshi ,the great poet was perhaps converted to Buddhism by parsva who played an important role in the fourth Buddhist council held during the reign of Kanishka.