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Milindapañha

Milindapañha (Pāli, Milinda + pañha, ‘question’). A Pāli Buddhist text (also in Chin. tr.) concerning a debate between a Buddhist monk, Nāgasena, and a disputatious king, Milinda. Milinda is probably Menander, a Yavana king of Śākala (Siālkot, E. Puñjab) who ruled in the 2nd/1st cent. BCE.

During the dialogue the king puts eighty-two separate dilemmas to Nāgasena which are successfully countered. At the conclusion of the contest, Milinda becomes a Buddhist lay disciple.

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