Āṭānāṭīya- and Āṭānāṭikasūtra

Sander, Lore & Dietz, Siglinde (forthcoming) The Āṭānāṭīya- & The Āṭānāṭikasūtra: Sūtra for protecting monks and nuns in the wilderness: The Sanskrit text in the Dīrghāgama manuscript from Gilgit & a re-edition from fragments found on the Northern Silk Route. Oxford: Indica et Buddhica.

Āṭānāṭīya- and Āṭānāṭikasūtra – Title pageShort description

The Āṭānāṭīya-, respectively Āṭānāṭikasūtra, is a text meant for protecting monks and nuns meditating in the wilderness against the aggression of hostile demons. The sūtra contains many helpful mantras. It is recited before the Buddha by Vaiśravaṇa, the king of the northern region, who is accompanied by tamed demons and the kings of the other regions. At the end of the sūtra Vaiśravaṇa´s recitation is sanctioned by the Buddha.

The text published is Sūtra 23 of the Yuganipāta, “The Twin Section” of the Sarvāstivāda-Dīrghāgama. The basic manuscript likely originates from the Gilgit area and can be dated around the 8th century. The Āṭānāṭikasūtra is a well-preserved part of a Dīrghāgama manuscript sold to different owners at about the end of the last century on the art market. It enables one to reconstruct the text preserved in fragments found by different expeditions at different places on the Northern Silk Route.


Hardcover  ISBN 978-1-99-117710-0
8.5 x 11 in, Colour, Case Laminate.

Softcover  ISBN 978-1-99-117711-7
8.5 x 11 in, Colour, Perfect Bound.

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