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aṅga

aṅga  

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1 A common name for a ‘limb’, or subdivision, of a body of texts.2 A ‘subsidiary rite’, according to the Kalpa Sūtras.
Avadāna-Śataka

Avadāna-Śataka  

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(Skt. ‘the 100 Avadānas’).An ancient collection of tales or moral stories from the Theravāda Buddhist tradition, dating to 1st or 2nd cents. bce.
Bauddha Pālā Kīrtana

Bauddha Pālā Kīrtana  

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Bengali Buddhist literary genre consisting of a kīrtana, a particular type of religious song, in the form of a pālā, literally meaning ballad, usually having as its theme a Jātaka.or life-story of ...
bodhisattva

bodhisattva  

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In Mahayana Buddhism, a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so through compassion for suffering beings.
Borobudur

Borobudur  

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A Buddhist monument in central Java, built c.800. It consists of five square successively smaller terraces, one above the other, surmounted by three galleries and a stupa.
Buddhaghoṣa

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(Pāli, Skt., ‘Buddha-voice’).Theravādin Buddhist, who was born in a brahman family at the end of the 4th cent., traditionally at Bodhgāya. He wrote commentaries on many works in the ...
Burma

Burma  

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Burma has suffered years of repression in the grip of a military regime that renamed it MyanmarBurma consists largely of the central fertile valley of the Irrawaddy River, encircled by a ...
CariyāpiṠaka

CariyāpiṠaka  

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One of the fifteen books of the Khuddaka Nikāya of the Pāli Canon. The work contains tales in verse of the Buddha's previous births which match the corresponding Jātaka stories in prose, and ...
Dhammapada

Dhammapada  

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The second book of the Khuddaka Nikāya of the Pāli Canon and one of the most popular and best-loved Buddhist texts. It consists of 423 verses divided into 26 sections arranged according to subject ...
Dhammapada-aṠṠhakathā

Dhammapada-aṠṠhakathā  

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The commentary on the Dhammapada, a text containing stories similar to those of the Jātakas and explaining the occasions on which the verses contained in the Dhammapada were uttered. A considerable ...
Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha  

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The family name, plus the first name, of the Buddha Sākyamuni.
Jātaka-aṠṠhakathā

Jātaka-aṠṠhakathā  

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A commentary on the Jātaka.the tenth book of the Khuddaka Nikāya of the Pāli Canon. The Jātaka-aṭṭhakathā is a translation into Pāli of a Sinhalese work handed down in Sri Lanka and controversially ...
Jātakamāla

Jātakamāla  

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A compilation in verse of 34 birth-stories (Jātaka) concerning past lives of the Buddha composed by Āryaśūra in the 4th century ce. This version of the birth-stories was very influential in India and ...
Khuddaka Nikāya

Khuddaka Nikāya  

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(Pāli, The Minor Collection).The fifth and last division (Nikāya) of the Sūtra Piṭaka, containing a miscellaneous collection of both early and later canonical works. The texts are predominantly in ...
lakhon

lakhon  

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Cambodian term for drama or theatre. Major theatrical forms in Cambodia include lakhon preah reach troap or lakhon kbach boran (court or classical dance, including short dance pieces and lengthy ...
Mahajati

Mahajati  

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The Mahajati, the great (maha) Jataka, is a Siamese (Thai) epic written down in the fifteenth century. It is based on certain of the Jataka tales of the Buddha.
Mahāvastu

Mahāvastu  

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(Skt., ‘The Great Event’).A composite work of the Lokottara(vāda) Buddhist school, dealing with previous existences (jātaka) of the Buddha. All the episodes of his life are designed to help ...
Monkey

Monkey  

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(Chin., hsi-yu chi). One of the titles of a work also known as The Journey to the West. The work is a supernatural novel about a world of fantastic invention, in which gods and demons loom large and ...
Nidānakathā

Nidānakathā  

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(Pāli, introductory tale).The Introduction to the Jātaka commentary. It narrates the biography of the Buddha in three sections: the first concerns his previous lives from the time he was the ...
Paññāsa Jātaka

Paññāsa Jātaka  

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(Pāli).Collection of 50 birth-stories of the Buddha also known with the Burmese name of Zimmè Paññāsa. Although some of the stories are based upon those in the Pāli Jātaka.they are not regarded as ...

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