Avadāna literature. One of the twelve types of literary composition traditionally found in Buddhist Sanskrit literature. The Avadānas are essentially popular moral tales which seek to inspire the believer to exertion in the faith and the performance of good deeds. The most important examples of this type of literature include the Avadāna-Śataka, the Aśoka-Avadāna, Divya-Avadāna, and the later Avadāna-Kalpalatā.
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