Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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

This is the English translation of the Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (“the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd century A.D.). The book, in the form of an encyclopedia on Buddhism, is a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita (“the perfection of wisdom in five thousand lines”). Volume I describes the conditions...

Chapter XI - The Ten Comparisons

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Text of the sūtra commented upon in this chapter (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 4–5; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 5).

(19) Māyāmarīcidakacandrākāśapratiśrutkāgandharvanagarasvapnachāyāpatibimba-nirmāṇopamadharmādhimukatair (20) asaṅgavaiśāradyapratilabdhaiḥ (21) sattvacittacaritajñaiḥ sūkṣmajñānāvatārakuṣalaiḥ.

These bodhisattvas accept that dharmas are like a magic show, a mirage, the moon reflected in water, space, an echo, a city of the gandharvas, a dream, a shadow, a reflection in a mirror, a metamorphosis. They have acquired the unhindered fearlessnesses. Knowing the process of mind and the behavior of beings, they are skilled in saving them by means of their subtle wisdom.