The Mahavastu (great story)

by J. J. Jones | 1949 | ISBN-10: 086013041X

Summary: The English translation of the Mahavastu (“great story”): one of the important and monumental canonical works of the Mahasanghika school of early Buddhism, a precursor of the Mahayana tradition. The Mahavastu contains three sections narrating the former lives of the Buddha, full of instructive stories, Jatakas and Avadanas.

The core of the text can be fixed at least at the 2nd century BC, although the Mahasanghika school existed as early as the 4th century BC.

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