The Avadānaśataka is a centrally important text for understanding non-Mahāyāna Sanskrit Buddhism. Naomi’s introduction presents some significant new points about the work as a whole and her translation is accurate, and closely follows the syntax and phrasing of the original Sanskrit. Yet the English flows easily. In my opinion, this a wonderful achievement, for it gives the reader a feel for the way such Buddhist legends sound—how they are worded and put together—in addition to what they mean. This volume will be well received by scholars in the discipline and much appreciated by students and general readers with an interest in Buddhism or just in some good stories.
John S. Strong, Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Bates College