Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “diversity of the fruits of generosity” 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.

In addition to the great fruits of ripening (mahāvipākaphala), as is said [here in the Prajñāpāramitāsūtra], it is to be reborn in the families of the kṣatriya and so on up to becoming Buddha.

Question. – How does one get to be reborn in the families of the kṣatriyas and so on up to becoming Buddha?

Answer. – The generous (tyāgavat) and moral (śīlavat) man[1] obtains riches and honor among men and gods.

[1. The seven rebirths in kāmadhātu]

[2. Eight rebirths in rūpadhātu and ārūpyadhātu]

[3. Four rebirths in the noble Path]

[4. Attainment of the bodhis]

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In order to do good, the generous man (tyāgavat) must also be moral (śīlavat) and learned (bahuśruta).