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The āgamas/nikāyas are collections of the Buddhist canonical scriptures found in the Sūtrapiṭaka (Basket of Discourses).

The basic sense conveyed by the term āgama, transcribed in Chinese as āhán (阿含) and translated in Tibetan as lung, is what has “come down” by tradition. The term nikāya stands for a group, collection, or assemblage (which in the present context refers to text…

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Anālayo, “Āgama/Nikāya”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0008>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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