Mahaprajnaparamitashastra, Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, Mahaprajnaparamita-shastra: 2 definitions


Mahaprajnaparamitashastra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra can be transliterated into English as Mahaprajnaparamitasastra or Mahaprajnaparamitashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Google Books: Gyōnen’s Transmission of the Buddha Dharma in Three Countries

Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (महाप्रज्ञापारमिताशास्त्र), known as the “perfection of wisdom sūtra”, is a writing of Mahāyāna Buddhism attributed to Nāgārjuna. Among its central messages is that all elements of existence are empty of self-nature but exist interdependently with other elements. It stresses the importance of the Bodhisattva and skillful means.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (महाप्रज्ञापारमिताशास्त्र) is a Mahāyāna-Buddhist encyclopedic commentary on Prajñāpāramitā literature authored by Nāgārjuna (c. 2nd century). Among the literature commented upon is the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā-sūtra, alternatively known as the Mahāprajñāpāramitā-sūtra, containing 25,000 lines of Buddhist literature. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra is also known as the Mahāprajñāpāramitōpadeśa.

English translation of the Mahāprajñāpāramitā-śāstra.

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