Verses on the Perfection of Wisdom

Prajñāpāramitā Ratnaguṇasaṃcayagāthā

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Prajnaparamita Ratnagunasamcayagatha Translated by Edward Conze (Taisho Tripitaka 0229)...

Chapter XXIII

The Superior Position of Bodhisattvas

When the sun rises, free from clouds and one blaze of rays,
Having dispelled the entire blinding and confusing darkness,
It outshines all animals such as glowworms,
And also all the hosts of the stars, and the lustre of the moon.

Just so the wise Bodhisattva, who courses in wisdom, the foremost perfection:
Having destroyed the jungle of views,
The Bodhisattva who courses in emptiness and the signless
Very much surpasses the whole world, as well as the Arhats and Pratyekabuddhas.


The Simile of the King and the Crown Prince

Just as the son of a king, a giver of wealth, desiring the welfare [of others],
Becomes a person of authority among all, much sought after.
For even now he makes [many] beings happy,
How much more so when he will be established as the resourceful [ruler] of the kingdom!

Just so the wise Bodhisattva, who courses in wisdom,
A donor of the deathless, dear to gods and men.
Already now he is interested in the happiness of [many] beings,
How much more so when he will be established as king of the Dharma!

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