Volume . 3, 1-2

Volume . 3, 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... etc.); that treating of a nocturnal visit paid to the Buddha by some being newly born among the celestials (ibid. 554,5--555,17) and so on. Since by far the greater part of Divy. is proved to have been taken from canonical Vinaya texts, it is plain that most of those cliches, as I name them henceforward, belong to the ancient Holy Writ of the oldest Buddhism and may be considered as first-class documents for the knowledge of that Lore. In the Avadanacataka the cliches have a more pronounced mechanical character, as it were. They occur almost everywhere, if the circumstances proper to their employment appear. In the Divy. they are sometimes abbreviated, being denoted by the words of the beginning and the end, as p. 40,12: ('till') H4I4III1I CEIRI qsOT IIRIT iP WSI:, cp. e. g. 72,16. 128,22. 521,10. 5 3 9,22 and 29. But in our text they are always written in full, as if the composers and scribes of the holy collection held it for a meritorious work to write down completely and without omitting any word the traditional broad expression of subject-matter regarding such sacred things as the smile of the Buddhas or their looking over the world. Occasional shortenings are met with, but they are nowhere marked by such words as, ralMNH, indicative of abbreviation by design. Sometimes they must be ascribed, I think, to the occasional carelessness of scribes rather than that I should consider them to make part of the original cxt, as in the case of II, 73,11). On the other hand, in a few cases, cliches seem to be later interpolations (see I, 225 and my...
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