Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “community worthy of offerings (dakshiniya), etc.” 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.

III.2. Community worthy of offerings (dakṣiṇīya), etc.

The Community is ‘worthy of offerings’ (dakṣiṇīya) thanks to the perfection of the qualities (guṇasaṃpad) represented by these five [pure] elements.

Just as a rich, noble and powerful person is extolled by the people, so the Community of the disciples of the Buddha, who hold the power of discipline (śīla), concentration (samādhi), wisdom (prajñā) wealth (ādhyatā),[1] deliverance (vimukti), knowledge and vision of deliverance (vimuktijñānadarśana), this Community, I say, is ‘worthy of offerings’ (dakṣiṇīya), ‘worthy of homage’ (pūjanīya), ‘worthy of salutation’ (añjalikaraṇīya), ‘worthy of veneration’ (arcanīya).

Footnotes and references:

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This mention of wealth is completely misplaced.