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The Buddhacarita (Acts of the Buddha) by AŚvaghoṣa is a second-century c.e. biography recounting in ornate verse the life of the Buddha from his birth to the distribution of his relics. The epic poem comprises twenty-eight chapters, only fourteen of which are extant in the original Sanskrit. The remainder are preserved in Tibetan and Chinese translations.

See also:Buddha, Life of the; Sanskrit, Buddhist Literature in


Beal, Samuel, trans. The Fo-sho-hing-tsan-king: A Life of Buddha, by Aśvaghosha Bodhisattva. Reprint edition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1964.

Johnston, E. H., trans. "The Buddha's Mission and Last Journey (Buddhacarita, xv to xxviii)." Acta Orientalia 15 (1937): 26–32, 85–111, 231–292.

Johnston, E. H., trans. The Buddhacarita, or, Acts of the Buddha. Reprint edition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1972.

John S. Strong

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