Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “looking in the manner of the elephant, 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 10 - Looking in the manner of the elephant, etc.

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 32, l. 18–33, l. 9; Śatasāhasarikā, p. 110, l. 16–18;, p. 110, l. 20–111,l. 1, and 111, l. 18–112, l. 7.) – Furthermore, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he wishes this: “May I look with the gaze of the king of the elephants”. The bodhisattva-mahāsattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he wishes this: “May I walk four inches above the ground without my feet touching the earth”, and

“Surrounded and honored by many thousands of myriads of koṭi of devas, from the Cāturmahārājikāikas to the Akaniṣṭhas, may I go to the foot of the bodhi tree.” (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvenaivam upaparīkṣamānena ‘kim ity ahaṃ nāgarājāvalokitam avalokayeyam ‘ iti prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam. Bodhisattvenaivam upapaīkṣamāṇena ‘kim ity ahaṃ pṛthivīṃ caturaṅgulam aspṛśan padbhyāṃ gacchey ‘ iti, ‘kim ity ahaṃ cāturmahārājakāyadevair yāvad akaniṣṭhair anekadevakoṭiniyutaśatasahasraiḥ parivṛtaḥ puraskṛto bodhidrumamūlam upasaṃkrameyam’ iti prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –