Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words

This page describes “outshining the knowledge of all the shravakas and pratyekabuddhas” 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.

Part 3 - Outshining the knowledge of all the Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 21, l. 14–15; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 68, l. 1–2). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to outshine the knowledge of all the śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas must practice the perfection of wisdom (Sarvaśrāvakapratyekabuddhānāṃ jñānam abhibhvitukāmena bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāramtāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. – Question. – What is the knowledge of the śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas?

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