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 XXXVI - The eight recollections (anusmṛti or anussati)

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 20, l. 2–5; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 59, l. 20–60, l. 15). – [The following should be cultivated (bhāvitavyā) by the bodhisattva]:

  1. recollection of the Buddha (buddhānusmṛti),
  2. recollection of the Dharma (dharmānusmṛti),
  3. recollection of the Community (saṃghānusmṛti),
  4. recollection of discipline (śīlānusmṛti),
  5. recollection of abandonment (tyāgānusmṛti),
  6. recollection of the deities (devatānusmṛti),
  7. recollection of inhalation and exhalation (ānāpānasmṛti),
  8. recollection of death (maraṇānusmṛti).

Śāstra. –