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[Bibliotheca Buddhica III:] Avadānaçataka. A Century of Edifying Tales belonging to the Hīnayāna. Vol. 2. Edited by J.S. Speyer. St.-Pétersbourg, 1906 (I), 1907 (II), 1909 (III—IV).


PREFACE

§ 1. Generalities

I. The name avadana is susceptible of two acceptations, according as it is employed either as the designation of a kind of Buddhavacanāni or as the name of a certain class of writings. In the list of the twelve types or kinds of instruction uttered by Bhagavān — the dvādaça dharmapravacanāni of Sanskrit Buddhism — the avadāna occupies the seventh place; see Hodgson, Essays p. 15, Wassiljef «Buddhism» p. 109 of the original Russian text = 118 of the German translation, Kern, Manual, p. 17 and the literature there adduced. Hodgson gave as a definition of the avadāna, that it treats «of the fruits of actions or moral law of Mundane existence)). This is substantially right, and it is not without importance that the conclusion of half of the hundred texts out of which the Avadānaçataka is made up and of several parts of the Divyāvadāna is the standing phrase that black actions bear black fruits, white actions white fruits, and mixed ones mixed fruits, with the exhortation to strive only after white actions, shunning or letting alone the other two...

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