Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “three meditative stabilizations” 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.

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 20, l. 9–11; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 62, l. 17–63, l. 4). – [The Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva must fulfill completely the three meditative stabilizations (samādhi):

  1. the concentration with both conceptualization and analysis (savitarkaḥ savicāraḥ samādhiḥ).
  2. the concentration without conceptualization and with analysis only (avitarko vicāramātraḥ samādhiḥ),
  3. the concentration with neither conceptualization or analysis (avitarko vicāraḥ samādhiḥ).

Śāstra. –