by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “the three concentrations (samadhi) according to the mahayana” 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.
What are these concentrations?
2) The concentrations of the Buddhas, from the concentration contemplating the Buddhas of the ten directions (daśadigbuddhasamādhi) up to the concentration of the hero’s progress (śūraṃgamasamādhi), from the concentration eliminating all doubts (sarvasaṃśayasamucchedasamādhi) up to the king of concentrations (samādhirājasamādhi).
Footnotes and references:
The meditative stabilizations of emptiness (śūnyatā), signlessness (ānimitta) and wishlessness (apraṇihita), also called the three vimokṣamukhas, have been studied above, p. 1209–1232F. The vajrasamādhi or more correctly the vajropamasamādhi, is the path of abandonment (prahaṇamārga) by means of which the ascetic abandons the ninth category (weak-weak) of the kleśas that attach him to the highest sphere of existence – the fourth samāpatti or bhavāgra
These are the 108 or 120 samādhis belonging to the bodhisattvas and the Buddhas. A list accompanied by brief explanations of them is given by Pañcaviṃśati, p. 142–144, 198–203, and Śatasāhasrikā, p. 825–835, 1412–1426. See also Mahāvyut., no. 505–623.