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The Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra (T. sor mo'i phreng ba la phan pa'i mdo; C. yang jue mo luo jing 央掘魔羅經), or The Discourse for Aṅgulimāla, is a Mahāyāna sutra that tells the story of Angulimala.

The Tsadra editors state:

This text is included among the class of tathāgatagarbha sūtras and features several important concepts related to buddha-nature, such as the singe vehicle and a universal element possessed by sentient beings that is equated with the ultimately pure nature of the mind. It also includes some proto-Zhentong explanations of emptiness as an absence of the extraneous, rather than an inherent quality of nothing-ness.[1]

Michael Radich states:

The Aṅgulimālīyasūtra shares with the Mahāparinirvāṇamahāsūtra group tathāgatagarbha/buddha nature preached as explicitly connected with ātman ('ātmadhātu [wojie(我界)]) and concealed by defilements, the eternity of the Tathāgata, the secret teachings, the promotion of faith (xin [信]) toward the teaching of tathāgatagarbha, and concern with the worst sinners, including the icchantika.[2]
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  1. Tsadra commons icon.jpg Tsadra editors, Aṅgulimālīyasūtra, Buddha Nature: A Tsadra Foundation Initiative
  2. Radich, Michael (2015). "Tathāgatagarbha Scriptures." In Jonathan Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger (eds.): Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volume 1: Literature and Languages. Leiden: Brill, p. 269