The Glorious Deeds of Pūrṇa: A Translation and Study of the Pūrṇāvadāna

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2002 - Buddhism - 228 pages
The avadana literature is the largess corpus of Sanskrit Buddhist texts available to us. By providing an annotated translation of, and applying the methods of literary criticism to, a first-century account of the life of the saint Purna, the present study introduces the reader to the richness and complexity of a genre which has played an essential role in Buddhist self-understanding for over two thousand years. Buddhist tradition identifies the monk Purna of Surparaka as the great evangelist who introduced Buddhism to the land of Sronaparantaka, which corresponds to much of the present Indian State of Gujarat. The Introduction which discusses methodological issues in some detail, is followed by an annotated translation of the text and by a detailed literary analysis. After brief concluding remarks, the appendices present translations of four other versions of the life of Purna.
 

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Contents

Chapter Two The Glorious Deeds of Purna
46
Chapter Three A Study of the Piirndvadana
96
Chapter Four Concluding Remarks
169
Appendix One Exposition of the Discourse on
180
Appendix Two Exposition of the Elder Punnas Verse
188
Appendix Four Anathapindada Purna and Kotikarna
200
Bibliography
206
Index
217
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