Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “eliminating the three poisons” 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 1 - Eliminating the three poisons

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 34, l. 10–15; Śatasāhasrikā,p.114, l. 3–10). – The bodhisattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he envisages the following: “When I have attained supreme complete enlightenment, may there be no desire, no hatred, no delusion in my buddha-field and may even the name of the triple poison be absent” and, “From then on, may all beings be endowed with wisdom so that they recognize: “Good is generosity! Good is discipline! Good is self-mastery! Good is continence! Good is non-violence toward living beings!” (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvaivam upaparīkṣamaṇena ‘kim iti me ’nuttarāṃ samyaksaṃbodhim abhisaṃbuddhasya tatra buddhakṣetre rāgadveṣamohā na bhaveyus triviṣaśabdo ’pi na bhaved iti, ‘kim iti sarvasattvā evaṃrūpayā prajñāyā samanvāgatā bhaveyur yad evaṃ jānīran sādhu dānaṃ sādhu damaḥ sādhu saṃyamaḥ sādhu brahmacaryaṃ sādhv avihiṃsā sarvaprāṇibhūteṣv’ iti prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –