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Первое подношение Будде: бедная трапеза и богатство смыслов. Часть I

Александрова Н. В., Русанов М. А.

The hagiographic story of two merchants who became the first Buddhist donors raises a number of questions concerning the formation of ideas about the role of laity in the community. When referring to sources in Pāli, Sanskrit and Chinese, different versions of the legend are revealed, and their comparison makes it possible to reconstruct the evolution of the legend—to do this, the authors divide the story into separate episodes and conduct comparative analysis. The paper attempts to bring together all the variants of each episode and uncover a variety of related meanings.