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10. One Buddha, Many Lessons


 
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1. Title Title of document 10. One Buddha, Many Lessons - Many Buddhas, One Buddha
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Naomi Appleton; University of Edinburgh; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Avadānaśataka; Buddhist text; Sanskrit text; Sarvāstivāda; Mūlasarvāstivāda; Indian Buddhism; avadāna; Śākyamuni; buddhahood; pratyekabuddhahood
 
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhist Studies
 
6. Description Abstract Many Buddhas, One Buddha introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadānaśataka, or “One Hundred Stories”, and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit and dating to perhaps the third to fifth centuries of the Common Era, is affiliated with the Sarvāstivāda or Mūlasarvāstivāda, and thus provides important evidence of the ideas and literatures of lost non-Mahāyāna schools of Indian Buddhism. The text is a rich literary composition, in mixed prose and verse, and includes some elaborate devotional passages that illuminate early Indian perspectives on the Buddha and on the role of avadāna texts.

The book introduces the first four chapters of the Avadānaśataka through key themes of these stories, such as predictions and vows, preparations for buddhahood, the relationship between Śākyamuni and other buddhas, and the relationship between full buddhahood and pratyekabuddhahood. The study of these stories closes with an argument about the structural design of the text, and what this tells us about attitudes towards different forms of awakening. The second part of the book then presents a full English translation of stories 1-40.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Apr-2020
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/38348
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38348
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Many Buddhas, One Buddha
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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