Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “lists of jnanabalas” 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.

Lists of the ten jñānabalas ‘powers consisting of wisdoms’ have been prepared on the basis of this sūtra. They do not all follow the same order and numerous variations may be found. Here I [Lamotte] mention only a few:

1. Mahāvastu, I, p. 159, l. 10–160, l. 5: verse list (see notes by É. Senart, p. 502–505.

2. Lalitavistara, p. 433.

3. Vibhaṅga, p. 335–3444 (with a long commentary).

4. Kathāvatthu, p. 228–238.

5. Mahāvibhāṣā, T 1545, k. 30, p. 156c seq.

6. Kośa, VII, p. 67–72; Kośavyākhyā, p. 641, l. 10–14.

7. Nyāyānusāra, T 1562, k. 75, p. 746a seq.

8. Abhidharmadīpa, p. 382 seq.

9. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 210, l. 11–23; Satasāhasrikā, p. 1446, l. 16–1448–l. 5.

10. Āloka, p. 455, l. 15–19.

11. Saṃgaha, p. 286.

12. Abhidharmasamuccaya, rec. Pradhan, p. 98, l. 1–5..

13. Bodh. bhūmi, p. 384.

14. Mahāvyut. no. 120–129.

15. Arthaviniścaya, p. 577–579.

Here is the list from Kośa (l.c.):

  1. sthānāsthāna-jñānabala,
  2. karmavipāka-jñānabala,
  3. dhyānavimokṣasamādhisamāpatti-jñānabala,
  4. indriyaparāpara-jñānabala,
  5. nānādhimukti-jñānabala,
  6. nānādhātu-jñānabala,
  7. sarvatragāminīpratipad-jñānabala,
  8. pūrvanivasānasmṛti-jñānabala,
  9. cyutpapāda-jñānabala,
  10. āsravakṣaya-jñānabala.
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