Great Ornament of Tales, The ［大荘厳論経］ ( Kalpanā-manditikā; Chin Ta-chuang-yen-lun-ching; Daishōgon-rongyō): A work generally attributed to Ashvaghosha and translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva in the early fifth century. A collection of ninety Buddhist tales, it contains stories about the deeds of Buddhist kings such as Ashoka and Kanishka, anecdotes about Buddhist monks and lay believers, and stories about Shakyamuni Buddha in previous incarnations and of his compassionate deeds in his historic life. The stories deal with a variety of subjects, such as the virtues of almsgiving and the spirit to seek Buddhism. A number of them derive from the Āgama sutras. The Sanskrit text is extant.