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avadana
阿波陀那 (Skt; Jpn abadana )

    One of the twelve divisions of the Buddhist teachings. It refers to those parts of the sutras relating parables, allegories, or stories that help the understanding of the doctrines. Avadana also indicates the stories of the previous lives of Shakyamuni's monk-disciples and lay follower.

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