Avadanakalpalata, Avadānakalpalatā: 3 definitions
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General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Google Books: Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature
Avadanakalpalata (or, Bodhisattvavadanakalpalata). This work is composed entirely in various ornate metres. It consists of 108 avadanas of which the first 107 were composed by Kshemendra (990-1066) of Kashmira and the last one named the Jimutavahanavadana was added by the poet’s son, Somendra. This work comprises edifying tales depicting the Bodhisattva ideal of self-sacrifice. These legends are meant for Buddhistic propaganda and preaching to an audience of simple and common populace.
This collection of avadanas is based on some Pali sources and the Mahavastu. The Manichudavadana of the Avadanakalpalata has been rotld in the Svayambhupurana.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Renzo Freschi: Four stories from the Avadanakalpalata
Avadanakalpalata—a collection of stories of the Buddha and of his most important disciples in their previous lives—aimed at illustrating the principles of the Buddhist doctrine, and notably the law of karma.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Avadānakalpalatā (अवदानकल्पलता):—[=ava-dāna-kalpalatā] [from ava-dāna > ava-do] f. ‘storehouse of legends of Buddha’s life and acts’, Name of a celebrated [work], [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 326, ]n. 1.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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