Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “obtaining easily an immense qualification” 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 1 - Obtaining easily an immense qualification

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 22, l. 13–17; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 69, l. 8–70. l. 4). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who, practicing minor generosity, minor discipline, minor patience, minor exertion, minor meditation and minor wisdom, wishes to obtain an immense and infinite qualification by means of skilful application of merit, must exert himself in the perfection of wisdom (Alpaṃ dānaṃ dadatā, alpaṃ śīlaṃ rakṣatā, alpaṃ kṣāntiṃ bhāvayatā, alpaṃ vīryaṃ ārabhamānena, alpaṃ dhyānaṃ samāpadyamānena, alpaṃ prajñāṃ bhāvayatā, upāyakauśalyapariṇāmanayāprameyam aparyantaṃ guṇaṃ pratilabdhukāmena bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāramitātāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –