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 XLII - The Great Loving-kindness and the Great Compassion of the Buddhas

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Sūtra. – [The Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes to cognize perfectly] great loving-kindness and great compassion must practice the Perfection of wisdom (bodhisattvena mahāsttvena mahāmaitrīṃ mahākaruṇāṃ parijñātukāmena prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).[1]

Sāstra. –

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This version departs from the revised Pañcaviṃśati (ed. Dutt, p. 21, l. 4–5) where it is said that mahāmaitrī, mahākaruṇā, mahāmuditā and mahopekṣā should be cultivated by the bodhisattva.