Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “gifts belonging to the three realms” 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 2 - Gifts belonging to the Three Realms

There are three types of gifts: those that belong to the desire realm (kāmadhātvavacara), those that belong to the form realm (rūpadhātvavacara) and those that do not belong to any realm (anavacara).

Generosity, a dharma associated with mind (cittasaṃprayuktadharma), functions with the mind (cittaparivartin) and arises with it (cittasahaja). This is not a substantial dharma (rūpadharma) playing the rôle of condition (pratyaya); it is not an action (karman) or an associate of action (karmasaṃprayukta) functioning with the action and arising with it; it does not come from retribution of previous actions. This is all explained fully in the Abhidharma.