Kaccānagotta Sutta

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Template:Qual 3 Template:Early texts The Kaccānagotta Sutta is a discourse in which the Buddha presents the middle way between the two extreme views of existence and non-existence. In this discourse, the Buddha states: Template:Blockquote

Nagarjuna cites this text in his commentary Mulamadhyamaka-karika, in which Nagarjuna explores the subtle implications of Middle Way reasoning.

Alternate titles

The text is also known as:

  • Kaccayanagotta Sutta
  • Kaccāyanasutta[1]
  • Kaccaayanagotto Sutta[2]

The Sanskrit title is rendered as:

  • Kātyāyanaḥsūtra[3]


The following editions of this text are avaiable:

Pali Canon
  • Samyutta Nikaya (SN 12.15)
  • Also cited in toto in the Channa Sutta (SN 22.90)
Chinese Canon
  • Samyukta Agama (SA 301)[4]
  • Also partially cited in Saṃyuktāgama 262 (T. 2.99 66c01-c18 = SN 22.90) with a significantly different rendering, suggesting a different translator.
Sanskrit manuscript
  • Sūtra 19 of Nidānasaṃyukta, in a Saṃyuktāgama collection found in Turfan, probably copied ca. 13th or 14th century.[5]

English Translations

From Pāli

From Chinese

Translation from SuttaCentral

Template:SuttaCentral Sujato translation


References from other texts

The sutta is quoted in the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra (Section LXII; p. 145).

It is also cited in Sanskrit in Nāgārjuna's Mulamadhyamaka-karika (MMK 15.7) and in commentaries on this work by Candrakīrti, namely Prassanapadā and Madhyamakāvatārabhāṣya.


External links

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