Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “assuring the continuity of the buddha universes” 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 4 - Assuring the continuity of the Buddha universes

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Sūtra (cf. Śatasāhasrikā, p. 77, l. 4–5).[1] – Furthermore, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes that the Buddha universes never be interrupted must practice the perfection of wisdom (Punar aparaṃ, Śāriputra, buddhalokadhātvanupacchedāya sthātukāmena bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –

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This paragraph is absent in the Sanskrit text of the Pañcaviṃśati edited by N Dutt, but occurs in the Chinese versions made by Kumārajīva (T 223, k. 1, p. 219c7) and Hiuan-tsang (T 220, vol. VII, k. 402, p. 8b28). The latter translates: “The bodhisattva who wishes to continue the lineage of the Buddhas (buddhavaṃśa) in such a way that it is not interrupted, etc.”. There is interruption of the lineage of the Buddhas when the Buddhas follow one another in one and the same Buddha universe (buddhalokadhātu or buddhakṣetra) or when one Buddha series is distributed over all the universes.