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No. Buddhist sutras/suttas are in a way equivalent to hadith. There's no Western equivalent to avadana because they involve reference to previous lives. Peter jackson (talk) 16:42, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
Unless the material in this article can be demonstrated to be different from the Jataka article, which is much the more familiar term for narrations of the past lives of the Buddha-to-be, I propose that this article should be merged with it. The Pali dictionary says the term apadana can also be applied to the (moral instruction to be derived from) the lives of Arahants but there is no demonstration of this in the article. Mzilikazi1939 (talk) 08:08, 5 September 2010 (UTC)