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 XVII - The Virtue of Generosity

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Sūtra: The Buddha said to Śāriputra: The bodhisattva-mahāsattva who abides in the Prajñāpāramitā by the method of non-abiding (asthānayogena) should fulfill the virtue of generosity by the method of refraining (aparityāgayogena), by refraining from distinguishing the donor, the recipient and the gift given (Evam ukte Bhagavān āyuṣmantaṃ Śāriputram etad avocat: Iha Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ sthitvāsthānayogena dānapāmitā paripūrayitavyā aparityāgayogena dāyakapratigrāhakadeyānupalabdhitām upādāya).