by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words
This page describes “notes on the renouncement of intoxicating drinks” 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.
The classical formula (e.g., Aṅguttara, IV, p. 248; Mahāvyutp. no. 8505) is: surāmaireyamadyapramādasthānavirati, i.e., renouncing fermented rice drink (surā) and the fermented drink of ingredients (maireya) when they are still intoxicating (madya); because they are the cause of all failings (pramādasthāna); cf. Kośa, IV, p. 85–86.
The Mppś recognizes three kinds of intoxicating drinks:
b. The wine from fruits, extract of raisins (drākṣā) or berries.
c. The intoxicating drink from any fermentation process whatsoever, such as sugar-cane juice (ikṣurasa).