Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words

This page describes “carrying out abhisambodhi, preaching and conversions all in the same day” 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 13 - Carrying out abhisaṃbodhi, preaching and conversions all in the same day

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 33, l. 14–34, l. 5; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 113, l. 5–13). – Furthermore, O Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he envisages this: “When I leave home and go forth, may I realize supreme complete enlightenment and turn the Wheel of Dharma on the same day”, and “When I turn the Wheel of Dharma, may innumerable incalculable beings obtain the purity of the dust-free and stainless eye of Dharma about dharmas; may innumerable and incalculable beings have their minds liberated from impurities by detachment from things; and may innumerable and incalculable beings become non-regressing in their course toward supreme complete enlightenment” (Punar aparaṃ Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvenaivam upaparīkṣamāṇena ‘kim ity ahaṃ yatraiva divase ‘bhiniṣkrāmeyaṃ tatraiva divase ’nuttarāṃ samyaksaṃbodhim abhisaṃbudhyeyaṃ tatraiva divase dharmacakraṃ pravartayeyam’ iti, ‘kim iti me dharmacakraṃ pravartayamānasyāprameyāṇām asaṃkhyeyānāṃ sattvānām virajo vigatamalaṃ dharmeṣu dharmacakṣur viśuddham, aprameyāṇām asaṃkhyeyānāṃ sattvānām anupādāyāsravebhyaś cittāni vimucyeran, aprameyā asaṃkhyeyāḥ sattvā avaivartikā bhavyur anuttarāyāṃ samyaksaṃbodhāv’ iti prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –

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