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Aṣṭagrantha (C. Bajiandu lun), or "Eight Compositions," is an alternate name for the Jñānaprasthāna that is used in an early Chinese translation of this text.[1] The title reflects the eight sections into which the text is divided.[1]

Charles Willemen states:

The Aṣṭagrantha was revised and renamed Jñānaprasthāna (Course of Knowledge) at the end of the second century C.E.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Jñānaprasthāna.
  2. Willemen 2004, p. 220.