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History of Religions of Eastern Origins


This article offers an annotated translation of the story of the Buddha’s great miracle at Śrāvastī, as found in the Tibetan translation of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya. While miracles of the Buddha are many and various, the great miracle of Śrāvastī, one of the Buddha’s principal miracles, is almost the prototypical Buddhist miracle story, and the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya contains a significant version of it. Yet of the many versions preserved in a variety of languages, this is one of the last to garner much scholarly attention. This article makes it more widely accessible to an interested audience, thereby contributing to the further study of Buddhist miracle literature.

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Original Citation

David Fiordalis
The Buddha’s great miracle at Śrāvastī: A translation from the Tibetan Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya.
Asian Literature and Translation (ALT): A Journal of Religion and Culture, 2014, volume 2, issue 3, pages 1-33



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