Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “notes on the four kinds of discipline (shila)” 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.

Notes on the four kinds of discipline (śīla)

There are four kinds of disciplines (śīla) among monastics (pravrajita):

1) discipline of the śrāmaṇera (novice) and śrāmaṇerikā,

2) discipline of the śikṣamāṇā (probationer).

3) discipline of the bhikṣuṇī (nun),

4) discipline of the bhikṣu (monk).