The Bhiksuni Samyukta in the Shorter Chinese Samyukta Agama


  • Marcus Bingenheimer Dharma Drum Buddhist College



Agama, Bhikkhunī, Bhikṣuṇī, Early Buddhist Sutras, 別譯雜阿含經, 比丘尼


This is the third article in a series concerning the Shorter Chinese Sa?yukta ?gama, the Bieyi za ahan jing ?????? (T.100) (BZA). The articles are part of a larger project that constructs a digital parallel edition of the 364 suttas of the BZA and their various versions. Starting from the fact that we are dealing with text-clusters, i.e. groups of texts, which share relevant narrative elements, the idea behind this edition is to present the texts of each cluster in a convenient and reliable fashion and to improve on previous editions in various ways. The online interface to the database is currently hosted at: This article first discusses some comparative issues regarding the different versions of the Bhikkhun? Sa?yutta/Bhik?u?? Sa?yukta, especially concerning the names of the nuns. The evidence from the Chinese suggests that the name Vajir? in the P?li Sa?yutta Nik?ya is a mistake for V?r?. The article concludes with the first translation of the BZA Bhik?u?? Sa?yukta, into a western language.

Author Biography

Marcus Bingenheimer, Dharma Drum Buddhist College

Assistant Professor, Director Library and Information Center


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How to Cite

Bingenheimer, M. (2008). The Bhiksuni Samyukta in the Shorter Chinese Samyukta Agama. Buddhist Studies Review, 25(1), 5–26.