84000 Glossary of Terms

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རྟོགས་པ་བརྗོད་པའི་སྡེ། | Glossary of Terms

    རྟོགས་པ་བརྗོད་པའི་སྡེ།

    rtogs pa brjod pa’i sde

    avadāna

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One of the twelve types of the Buddha’s teaching (dvādaśāṅga). As such, the Sanskrit word avadāna means “exceptional feat” or “magnificent deed,” but in the context of the twelve types of buddhavacana the term came to refer to the narrative accounts of such deeds, as reflected in the Tibetan rendering rtogs pa brjod pa, “realization account.”