Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “the morality of pledge (samadanashila)” 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.

Second part: the morality of pledge (samādānaśila)

Note: For the upāsaka, the main text is the Mahānāmasūtra (Aṅgittara, IV, p. 220–222; Saṃyutta, V, p. 395; Tsa a han, T 99, no. 927, 928, k. 33, p. 236b–c), widely cited by Buddhaghosa in Sumaṅgala, I, p. 235; by the Kośa, IV, p. 70; and by the Kośavyākhyā, p. 376–377. – In all the manuals, it concerns the important rôle played by the upāsaka in the Buddhist community; we may note particularly de La Vallée Poussin, Notes sur le chemin du Nirvāṇa, § 3. – Les fidèles laïcs ou Upāsaka, BCLS, 1935, p. 15–34; Buddhism, in Legacy of India, 1937, p. 165–170.