AVADĀNA, Sanskrit term for a category of Buddhist narrative literature. Three such popular Buddhist stories are known through fragments of Khotanese paraphrases: the Aśokāvadāna (see Aśoka iii), the Nandāvadāna (q.v.), and the Sudhanāvadāna (q.v.). The Khotanese texts of all three have been published in transcription by H. W. Bailey (Khotanese Buddhist Texts, 1st ed., London, 1951, 2nd ed., Cambridge, 1981). The Aśoka legend was translated by Bailey in Bulletin of Tibetology 3/3, 1966, pp. 5-11; the Nanda story by R. E. Emmerick in BSOAS 33/1, 1970, pp. 72-81; and the Sudhana story by Bailey in BSOAS 29/3, 1966, pp. 506-32.
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See also R. E. Emmerick, A Guide to the Literature of Khotan, Tokyo, 1979, pp. 17f., 24f., 30.
(R. E. Emmerick)
Originally Published: December 15, 1987
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