Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “models 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.

a. Bodhisattva jātakas

[Velāmajātaka].

[Viśvantarajātaka].

[Sarvaṃdadajātaka].

[Śibijātaka].

[Śaśajātaka].

All this is told in the P’ou-sa-pen-cheng king (Bohisattvajātakasūtra).

b. Śrāvaka jātakas.

There are also gifts of the śrāvakas:

[Sumedhājātaka].

[Śaivalajātaka].

[Mallikājātaka].

[Śivājātaka].

[Ugratagṛhapatijātaka].

Such gifts find their fruit of retribution in this very lifetime, and we should know that the Upadeśa declares them to be inexhaustible (akṣaya).