Mahinda (S. Mahendra; T. Dbang chen དབང་ཆེན་; C. Moshentuo; J. Mashinda; K. Masinda 摩哂陀) is the Pāli name of the son of the Indian Emperor Ashoka who is credited with converting the Sinhalese king Devānaṃpiyatissa to Buddhism in the third century BCE, thus introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
The story of Mahinda is recorded in the following Sinhalese texts:
- Dipavamsa (c. fourth century CE)
- Mahavamsa (c. fifth century CE)
- Samantapasadika (a commentary on the Vinaya by Buddhaghosa)
- Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Mahinda.
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University