Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “prajna and the prajnas” 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 - Prajñā and the prajñās

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Question. – What is the Prajñā?

Answer. – The Prajñāpāramitā encompasses (saṃgṛhṇāti) all the wisdoms (prajñā). Why? The bodhisattva who seeks Buddhahood must practice (śikṣ-) all the dharmas and acquire all the prajñās, i.e., the prajñās of the śrāvakas, the pratyekabuddhas and the Buddhas.