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The Legend of King Asoka
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An English translation of the Asokavadana text, the Sanskrit version of the legend of King Asoka, first written in the second century A.D. Emperor of India during the third century B.C. and one of the most important rulers in the history of Buddhism, Asoka has hitherto been studied in the West primarily from his edicts and rock inscriptions in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. Through an extensive critical essay and a fluid translation, John Strong examines the importance of the Asoka of the legends for our overall understanding of Buddhism.

Originally published in 1989.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part One. Aśoka and His Legend
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The Legend and Its Background
  2. pp. 3-37
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  1. 2. Dirt and Dharma: Kingship in the Aśokāvadāna
  2. pp. 38-70
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  1. 3. King and Layman: Aśoka's Relationship to the Buddhist Community
  2. pp. 71-100
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  1. 4. Aśoka and the Buddha
  2. pp. 101-133
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  1. 5. Aśoka: Master of Good Means and Merit Maker
  2. pp. 134-161
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  1. Conspectus
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. Part Two. The Legend of Aśoka: A Translation of the Aśokāvadāna
  2. p. 167
  1. Introduction to the Translation
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. The Legend of Aśoka
  2. pp. 173-294
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  1. Appendix. Sanskrit Legends about Aśoka Not Appearing in the Aśokāvadāna
  2. pp. 295-303
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 305-311
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  1. Bibliography of Works Cited
  2. pp. 313-327
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-336
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