Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “seeing, hearing and understanding all the buddhas of the present” 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 7 - Seeing, hearing and understanding all the Buddhas of the present

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Sūtra (Pañcaviṃśati, p. 30, l. 6–13); Śatasāhasrikā, p. 96, l. 20–104, l. 16). – Furthermore, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he wishes to see, by means of the divine eye, the Buddhas in each of the ten directions in universes as numerous as the sands of the Ganges; if he wishes to hear, by means of the divine ear, all the teachings given by these Buddhas of the ten directions; if he wishes to penetrate [by means of mind] the mind of these Buddhas (Punar aparaṃ Śāriputra ye daśasu dikṣu gaṅgānadīvālukopameṣu lokadhātuṣu buddhā bhagavatas tān satvān divyena cakṣuṣā draṣṭukāmena, yāṃś ca te buddhā bhagavanto dharmān bhāṣante tān sarvān divyena śrotreṇa śrotukāmena, teśāṃ ca buddhānāṃ bhagavatāṃ cetasaiva cittaṃ parijñātukāmena bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāmitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –