Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words

This page describes “explanation of the word sardham” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.

Part 1 - Explanation of the word Sārdham

Sārdham ‘accompanied by’ indicates the identity of place (deśa), time (kāla), mind (citta), discipline (śīla), views (dṛṣṭi), path (mārga) and deliverance (vimokṣa).

Cf. Buddhaghosa, Sumaṅgala, p. 35:

Tena bhikkhusaṃghena diṭṭhisīlsāmaññasaṃghātasaṃkhātena samaṇagaṇenā ti attho. Saddhin ti ekato.