Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “understanding identical and multiple natures” 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 4 - Understanding identical and multiple natures

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Furthermore, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva practicing the prajñāpāramitā, while discovering the identical characteristics (ekalakṣaṇa) in dharmas, also cognizes their multiples characteristics (nānāvidhalakṣaṇa); while cognizing the multiple characteristics of dharmas, he also cognizes their identical characteristics. This wisdom belonging to the bodhisattva is called Prajñāpāramitā.

Question. – How does the bodhisattva-mahāsattva cognize the multiple characteristics of all dharmas and their identical characteristics?

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