Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Set: Avadana Stories Main Page

Shakyamuni: Religious Context

Subjects, Topic & Sets:
- Avadana Description (below)
- Avadana Painting Sets
- Avadana Outline Page
- Avadana Stories Contents List
- Avadana Stories in a Single Composition
- Jataka Art History Page
- Narrative Art Main Page
- Masterworks
- Confusions: Jataka, Tonpa Shenrab
- Others....

The one hundred stories are based on the Leaves of the Heaven Tree a text composed by the Kashmiri poet Kshemendra (11th century). That text in turn is based on the Avadana (Avadāna अवदान) stories from the Buddhist Pali canon of authoritative Buddhist scripture.

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Jeff Watt 3-2003 [Updated 1-2013, 9-2019]

Leaves of the Heaven Tree, the Great Compassion of the Buddha by Padma Chopel, 19th century. (Based on the Bodhisattvavadanakalpata of Kshemendra, 11th century). Translated by Deborah Black. Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1997.

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).