Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “surpassing the lower vehicles and acceding to the irreversible ground” 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.

X. Surpassing the lower vehicles and acceding to the irreversible ground

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 21, l. 12; Śatasāhastikā, p. 67, l. 13–16). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to surpass the stages of śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha and who wishes to take his place on the irreversible ground should exert himself in the perfection of wisdom (Śrāvakapratyekabuddhabhūmim atikramitukāmena, avaivartikabhūmau sthātukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣatavyam).

Śāstra. –