Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 26, No 2 (2009)

The Āneñjasappāya-sutta and its Parallels on Imperturbability and the Contribution of Insight to the Development of Tranquillity

Bhikkhu Anālayo
Issued Date: 5 Jan 2010

Abstract


The present article studies the meditative approaches to imperturbability depicted in the Āneñjasappāya-sutta and its Chinese and Tibetan parallels. By way of introduction to the main theme broached in this discourse, I briefly survey Pāli discourses relevant to the early Buddhist notion of imperturbability. Next I examine the presentation given in the Āneñjasappāya-sutta based on translated extracts from its Madhyama-āgama parallel, noting variations between these two and a Tibetan version extant in Śamathadeva’s commentary on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya. In the concluding part of the article, I turn to the relationship between tranquillity and insight reflected in the Āneñjasappāya-sutta.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.v26i2.177

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