Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “thought of immorality (dauhshilyacitta)” 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.

II. Thought of immorality (dauḥśīlyacitta)

Other people, having attained bodhi by renunciation of desire (vairāgya), do not produce the thought of immorality (dauḥśīlyacitta). The bodhisattva, because he is practicing the perfection of wisdom, envisages nothing as immoral. Why? Morality (śīla) is the abode (āvāsa) of all good qualities (kuśalaguṇa), just as the earth (pṛthivī) is the support (aśraya) and the basis for all things (dravya). An immoral man cannot obtain any bodhi; how then would he be able to obtain the supreme and perfect saṃbodhi? This is why the bodhisattva produces no thought of immorality.

Moreover, he has the following thought: It is a rule for bodhisattvas to create happiness for beings; the immoral man, however, disturbs the entire world. This is why the bodhisattva does not produce any mind of immorality nor, a fortiori, any immoral [action].