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Dhammanando wrote:Hi Phil,
The PED entry reads:
1. [= Sk. apadāna] removing, breaking off, D iii.88.
2. [= Sk. avadāna cp. ovāda] advice, admonition, instruction, morals Vin ii.4 (an° not taking advice), 7 (id.) M i.96; A v.337 sq. (saddhā°) Th 1, 47.
3. legend, life history. In the title Mahāpadāna suttanta it refers to the 7 Buddhas. In the title Apadānaṃ, that is "the stories", it refers almost exclusively to Arahants. The other, (older), connotation seems to have afterwards died out. See Dialogues ii.3. -- Cp. also pariyāpadāna.
Apadāna in the sense of "deed" or "behaviour" is missing from the PED but is given in the older (and often better) dictionary of R.C. Childers and in my Pali-Thai dictionary. The translation of the phrase in the Thai Tipiṭaka expresses the same meaning as Bhikkhu Bodhi's.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Another method, which is sometimes helpful, is to search for English words, e.g.