Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “preparation for the first dhyana” 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.

By means of purity of discipline (śīlaviśuddhi), solitude in retreat, guarding the senses, intensive meditation during the first and last watch of the night,[1] the ascetic avoids external pleasures and takes pleasure in meditation. He avoids desires (kāma) and the bad dharmas (akuśaladharma). Depending on the anāgamya (the preliminary [186a] absorption preceding the first dhyāna),[2] he acquires the first dhyāna.

Footnotes and references:

1.

See above, p. 1020F, n. 2.

2.

For this term, see Kośa, VIII, p. 179, n. 6.