Buddhist Creation Myths (Valerie Stoker, Winter 2004)

Compiled by Valerie Stoker

PRIMARY SOURCES:

Agganna-Sutta of the Digha-Nikaya; a quick translation is available at: http://www.buddhadust.org/sutta/dn/27_exrpt.html

Walshe, Maurice, Trans. _Digha-Nikaya_

Buddhaghosa’s Visuddhimagga (“Path of Purification”) see 13.32 ff.

SECONDARY SOURCES:

Re: Agganna-Sutta: Paul, Diana _Women in Buddhism_, p. xx.

Collins, Steven. _Nirvana and other Buddhist Felicities_.

Re: world cycles, generally: Tambiah, Stanley _World Conqueror, World Renouncer_ Chapter 2.

REFERENCES ON THE AGGAA-SUTTA (contributed by Tim Lubin)

Collins, Steven. “The Discourse on What Is Primary (Aggaa Sutta): An Annotated Translation.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 21 (1993): 301-93.

Richard Gombrich. “The Buddha’s Book of Genesis?” Indo-Iranian Journal 35 (1992): 179-191. [Interprets the Aggaa Sutta as a parody of Brahmanical creation myths that recasts them in Buddhist terms.]