Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “means of acquiring meditation” 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 - Means of acquiring meditation

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Question. – By what means (upāya) is the virtue of meditation (dhyānapāramitā) attained?

Answer. – By eliminating five objects [namely, the five sensual desires], by avoiding five things [namely, the five obstacles] and by using five practices.

Note: This section was repeated almost word for word by Tche yi (538–597), the founder of the T’ien t’ai school. In his Sieou si tche kouan tso tchan fa yao, T 1915, k. 1, p. 463b–465b (tr. Beal, Catena, p. 258–267).