chapter  2
The Buddhist Conception of Truth by Prof. K. N. Jayatilleke
Pages 13

Buddhism is the first missionary religion in the history of humanity with a universal message of salvation for all mankind. The Buddha after His Englightenment sent out sixty-one disciples in different directions asking them to preach the doctrine for the weal and welfare of mankind. He is said in one of the earliest texts to have been 'born for the good and happiness of humanity' (manussaloke hitasukhataya jato; Sn. 683). Addressed as 'the King of kings' (rajabhiraja; Sn. 553), He says, 'I am a King, the supreme King of Righteousness, with righteousness do I extend my kingdom, a kingdom which cannot be destroyed' (Sn. 554).