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The Oral Transmission of the Early Buddhist Literature

  title={The Oral Transmission of the Early Buddhist Literature},
  author={Alexander Wynne},
  journal={The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies},
  • Alexander Wynne
  • Published 30 June 2004
  • History
  • The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
David SEYFORT RUEGG Aspects of the Investigation of the (earlier) Indian Mahayana ....... 3 Giulio AGOSTINI Buddhist Sources on Feticide as Distinct from Homicide 63 Alexander WYNNE The Oral Transmission of the Early Buddhist Literature 97 Robert MAYER Pelliot tibetain 349: A Dunhuang Tibetan Text on rDo rje Phur pa 129 Sam VAN SCHAIK The Early Days of the Great Perfection 165 Charles MULLER The Yogacara Two Hindrances and their Reinterpretations in East Asia 207 

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