by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “planting inexhaustible roots of good” 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. 24, l. 5–7; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 73, l. 11–14). – The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to plant even one single root of good in the field of merit of the Buddhas and make it inexhaustible until he accedes to supreme complete enlightenment must practice the perfection of wisdom (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvenaikam api kuśalamūlaṃ buddānāṃ puṇyakṣetre ‘varopitukāmena tac cākṣayaṃ kartukāmena yāvad anuttarāyāṃ samyaksaṃbodhāv abhisaṃbodheḥ prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).