Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “preliminary note on the eleven knowledges” 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.

Preliminary note on the Eleven Knowledges

According to the oldest sources, the Buddhist texts call for a number of knowledges (Sanskrit, jñāna; Pāli, ñāṇa) which the scholastics will do their utmost to classify and define.

[I. The ten knowledges in the Sūtrapitaka]
[II. The Ten Knowledges in the Sanskrit Abhidharma]
[III. The Eleven Knowledges in the Mahāyāna]