Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words

Summary: This is the English translation of the Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (“the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd century A.D.). The book, in the form of an encyclopedia on Buddhism, is a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita (“the perfection of wisdom in five thousand lines”).

Volume I describes the conditions of time, place and individuals under which the Perfection of Wisdom was revealed. Volume II describes the spirit in which the bodhisattva should practice the virtues of his state. Volume III describes the practices auxiliary to enlightenment (bodhipaksikadharma) and the attributes of the Buddhas. Volume IV describes the desires or aspirations of the bodhisattva. Volume V formulates a series of vows, the success of which absolutely requires the practice of the Prajnaparamita.

Alternative spelling: Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra of Nāgārjuna or Mahāprajñāpāramitā-śāstra

Note: This edition represents only the first part containing the translation of 34 of 100 fascicles of the original work.

© Ani Migme (translator). Permission was kindly granted to place a copy on this site.

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The full text of the Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra in English is available here and publically accesible (free to read online). Of course, I would always recommend buying the book so you get the latest edition. You can see all this book’s content by visiting the pages in the below index:


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