Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “ii.c four rebirths in the noble path” 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.

Furthermore, there are people who, having given to the Buddha and his disciples (buddhaśrāvaka), hear from their mouths a sermon on the Path. Because of the gifts they have made, their minds (citta) become gentle (mṛdu), their wisdom (prajñā) becomes sharp (tikṣṇa) and they are immediately reborn into the noble eightfold Path (āryāṣṭāṅga mārga). By elimination of the three fetters (trayāṇāṃ saṃyojanānāṃ prahāṇāt), they obtain the fruit of srotaāpanna, and so on up to their arrival at the bodhi of the Buddhas. As a result of these gifts, they hear [the Buddha] preach the Dharma and then they produce the mind of supreme complete enlightenment (anuttarā samyaksaṃbodhi).

The generosity of a man not detached from desire (avītarāga) results in rebirth among men, in wealth and honor, or among the six kinds of gods of the desire realm (kāmadeva). – The generosity of a man detached from desire (vitarāga) results in rebirth among the gods of the Brahmā realm (brahmaloka), up to the Bṛhatphalas.[1] The generosity of a man freed from the notion of material (rūpa) [302a] results in a rebirth among the formless gods (ārūpyadeva).

Footnotes and references:

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The Bṛhatphalas, in order of greatness, occupy the twelfth place in the Brahmaloka, the third place in the fourth dhyāna.