Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This page describes “bringing innumerable beings to abhisambodhi” 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 3 - Bringing innumerable beings to abhisaṃbodhi

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Summary: Bringing innumerable beings to abhisaṃbodhi by hearing the name of the buddhas.

Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 34, l. 16–18; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 114, l. 14–16). – The bodhisattva must practice the perfection of wisdom if he envisages the following: “When I attain supreme complete enlightenment, may beings, in each of the ten directions in universes as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, be established as soon as they hear my name in supreme complete enlightenment” (Bodhisattvena mahāsattvenaivam upaparīkṣamāṇena ‘kim iti me ’nuttarāṃ samyaksaṃbodhim abhisaṃbuddhasya, saha śravaṇena me nāmadheyasya, ye daśasu dikṣu gaṅgāna-dīvālukopameṣu lokadhātuṣu sattvās te niyatā bhaveyur anuttarāyāṃ samyaksaṃbodhāv’ iti prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. –

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