Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “acquiring precedence, etc.” 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 3 - Acquiring precedence, etc.

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 29, l. 9–14; ŚatasMahasrikā, p. 94, l. 19–95, l. 9). – Furthermore, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he wants to acquire precedence over all the śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas, become the assistant of all the blessed Buddhas, participate in the close circle of all the blessed Buddhas, have a large following, acquire a following of bodhisattvas and purify great offerings (Punar aparaṃ Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvena sarvaśrāvakapratyekabuddhānāṃ pūrvaṃgamena bhavitukāmena, buddhānāṃ bhagavatām upasthāyakena bhavitukāmena, buddhānāṃ bhagavatām abhyantaraparivāreṇa bhavitukāmena, mahāparivāreṇa bhavitukāmena, bodhisattvaparivāraṃ pratilabdhukāmena, dakṣiṇāṃ pariśodhayatukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –