by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words
This page describes “understanding dharmata and its synonyms” 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. 18–21; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 81, l. 1–11). – Moreover, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to understand the manner of being of all dharmas, the fundamental element, the pinnacle of the truth, must practice the perfection of wisdom. This is how, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva should become established in the perfection of wisdom (Punar aparaṃ Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvena sarvadharmatathatāṃ bhūtakoṭim avaboddhukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam. Evaṃ Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ sthātavyam).