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


  • Bhikkhu Anālayo University of Hamburg



Āgamas, Comparative Studies, Imperturbability, Tranquillity & Insight


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

Author Biography

Bhikkhu Anālayo, University of Hamburg

associate Professor, Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, researcher, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan


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How to Cite

Anālayo, B. (2009). The Aneñjasappaya-sutta and its Parallels on Imperturbability and on the Contribution of Insight to the Development of Tranquillity. Buddhist Studies Review, 26(2), 177–195.