Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “developent of the dhyanas” 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.

2. Developent of the dhyānas

There are two types of development: i) development by acquisition, ii) development by practice. Development by acquisition is to obtain now what one had not earlier obtained; later one will cultivate the thing itself and its general complement. Development by practice is to cultivate at present that which one had earlier obtained; but later one will not cultivate the complements. These are the different developments in the course of the dhyānas and the samāpattis.