by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “possessing a body endowed with the marks” 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.
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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 23, l. 3–5; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 70, l. 18–71, l. 4). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to have a body like that of the Buddha in all his existences and who wishes to be assured of the thirty-two major and eighty minor marks of the Great Man, must exert himself in the perfection of wisdom (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvena sarvajātiṣu buddhasadṛśaṃ kāyaṃ niṣpādayitukāmena dvātriṃśanmahāpuruṣalakṣaṇāny aśītyanuvyañjanāni ca pratilabdhukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).