Verses on the Perfection of Wisdom

Prajñāpāramitā Ratnaguṇasaṃcayagāthā

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

Chapter XXVI

Rejoicing and Perfect Wisdom

If someone resolutely rejoices in the productions of thought
[Of a Bodhisattva who] has set out for the best enlightenment and is irreversible [from it];
One might [measure] the Merus in up to a trichiliocosm by comparing them [with a tip of straw],
But not that merit derived from rejoicing.

They rejoice at the heap of merit of all beings that there are,
Who desire what is wholesome, land] who want emancipation.
When for the weal of beings they have reached the infinite qualities of a Jina,
They will give the Dharma to the world for the complete extinction of suffering.

The Bodhisattva who, not discriminating, comprehends
All dharmas as empty, signless and unimpeded,
Without any dualism he seeks in wisdom for enlightenment.
Devoted to the foremost perfection of wisdom is that Yogin.


The Simile of Space and the Firmament

An obstruction of the space-element by the firmament
Cannot be found anywhere by anyone.
Just so the wise Bodhisattva, coursing in wisdom,
Is just like open space, and he courses calmly quiet.


The Simile of the People Created by Magic

As it does not occur to a man whom a magician has conjured up [when he looks at the audience]:
'I will please those people,' and nevertheless he performs his work;
They see him exhibiting manifold illusory works,
Although he has no body, thought, or name.

Just so it never occurs to one who courses in wisdom:
'Having known enlightenment I will set free the world!'
In his various rebirths he is associated with manifold works,
Which he manifests like magical illusions, but he does not course in false discrimination.


The Simile of the Buddha's Magical Creations

As a Buddha's magical creation performs a Buddha's work,
But, when he does so, no thought of self-conceit arises in him:
Just so the wise Bodhisattva, who courses in wisdom,
Manifests all works, comparable to a fictitious magical illusion.


The Simile of the Machine

An expert and experienced mason has made a wooden apparatus;
Comparable to a man or a woman it performs here all its works.
Just so the wise Bodhisattva, coursing in wisdom,
Performs all his work by his cognition, but without discrimination.

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