AṄGULIMĀLĪYA-SŪTRA, a Buddhist text concerning the conversion to Buddhism of a robber called Aṅgulimāla. The work is known from Pali (Aṅgulimāla Sutta) and from translations into Chinese and Tibetan. A passage from the Aṅgulimālīya-sūtra is quoted in a text whose Sogdian version has been published. A smaller, still unlocated passage from the same work is found in Khotanese.


On the Pali and the Chinese and Tibetan versions, see Encyclopaedia of Buddhism, ed.

G. P. Malalasekera, I, fasc. 4, Sri Lanka, 1965, pp. 627-28.

For the Sogdian passage see E. Benveniste, Textes sogdiens, Paris, 1940, pp. 43-44, 192.

For the Khotanese passage see R. E. Emmerick, The Book of Zambasta, London, 1968, chap. 6, v. 9.

(R. E. Emmerick)

Originally Published: December 15, 1985

Last Updated: August 5, 2011

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R. E. Emmerick, “AṄGULIMĀLĪYA-SŪTRA,” Encyclopædia Iranica, II/1, p. 70, available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/angulimaliya-sutra-buddhist-text (accessed on 30 December 2012).