Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “ii.d attainment of the bodhis” 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.

Note: See above, p. 1067–1070F, the passage dedicated to the prajñā of the śrāvakas, of the pratyekabuddhas and of the Buddhas.

1) The generosity of a man detached from the threefold world (trailokyavirakta), who has nirvāṇa in mind, procures the bodhi of the śrāvakas.

2) If at the moment of giving, the man has a horror of turmoil (saṃsarga), loves peace (śānta) and rejoices in profound wisdom (gambhīraprajñā), he attains the bodhi of the pratyekabuddhas.

3) If at the moment of giving, the man feels a mind of great pity (mahākaruṇācitta), wants to save the entire world and realize the highest wisdom (prajñā), very deep (atigambhīra) and absolutely pure (atyantaviśuddha), he attains the bodhi of the Buddhas.