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The Avadānaśataka (A Hundred Glorious Deeds) is an anthology of one hundred biographical stories in Sanskrit from the first to second centuries c.e. The stories are thematically organized into ten "books" that portray the truth of the doctrine of karma (action) and the power of religious dĀna (giving), faith, and devotion. An earlier version is preserved in Chinese (Taishō no. 200).

See also:Avadāna; Divyāvadāna; Jātaka


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Fa Chow, trans. "Chuan Tsi Pai Yuan King and the Avadānaśataka." Visvabharati Annals 1 (1945): 35–55.

Feer, Léon, trans. Avādana-çataka: Cent légendes bouddhiques. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1891. Reprint, Amsterdam: APA-Oriental Press, 1979.

Strong, John S. "The Transforming Gift: An Analysis of Devotional Acts of Offering in Buddhist Avadāna Literature." History of Religions 18 (1979): 221–237.

Joel Tatelman