Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “practicing the six perfections” 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 2 - Practicing the six perfections

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 22, l. 17–20; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 70, l. 4–17). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to practice the perfection of generosity, the perfection of discipline, the perfection of patience, the perfection of exertion and the perfection of meditation, must practice the perfection of wisdom (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvena dānapāramitāṃ śīlapāramitāṃ kṣāntipāramitāṃ vīryapāramitāṃ dhyānapāramitāṃ caritukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. – For the meaning of ‘perfection’ (pāramitā), see what has been said above (p. 701–702F).