Prasannapada, Prasannapadā: 3 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Open Journal System Heidelberg: Materials for a Mādhyamika Critique of Foundationalism
The Prasannapadā is an important but sometimes frustrating text. Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (MMK) is available to us today in the original Sanskrit only as embedded in this commentary by Candrakirti (fl. 600 CE), which is the only commentary on Nagarjuna’s text known to have survived in the original Sanskrit.
The first chapter of the Prasannapadā has become a locus classicus,in particular, for what Tibetan traditions emphasized as the splitbetween the “Svātantrika” and “Prāsaṅgika” schools of Madhyamaka.Source: Evam: A Brief Commentary of the Prasannapada
The Prasannapada (Pras) is a commentary of the Mulamadhyamakakarika (MMK) by Nagarjuna. The commetator is Candrakirti who is nowadays categorized into Prasangika in the Madhyamika school. It should be noted that Pras is the only one extant Sanskrit commentary of MMK. Although it requires the thorough investigation, the author found a Sanskrit text which can be identified as the brief Sanskrit commentary on Pras.
The Sanskrit manuscript of the brief commentary of Pras was originally discovered by Rahula Sankrityayana in Tibet in 1938. This text is listed as XIV.4.246 in his article in JBORS Vol.XXIII.Pt1, p.35. Rahula gives the title "Laksanatika".The Sanskrit manuscripts discovered by Rahula in Tibet were moved to Peking before Cultural Revolution. They were preserved at the Cultural Palace of Nationarlities. In 1990 Taisho University in Tokyo made an agreement with the Peoples Republic of China to conduct joint research on the Buddhist source materials.
The author of Pras, is categorized into Prasangika in Madhyamaika school. The beginning of Pras is dedicated to the refutation of the other school of Madhyamika, i.e., Svatantrika. The oppornent was Bhaviveka.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Prasannapāda (प्रसन्नपाद):—[=pra-sanna-pāda] [from pra-sanna > pra-sad] m. or n. (?) Name of [work] by Dharma-kīrti
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
C. What is to be abandoned < [Chapter X - The view of prajña that realizes the ground without dwelling in dualistic extremes]
Part 10b.6) The six perfections: Prajña that realizes the natural state < [B. the extensive explanation of arousing bodhicitta]
Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po) (by George N. Roerich)
Chapter 2 - Spa tshab together with his lineage < [Book 6 - The Origin of the Mādhyamika (middle way)]
Chapter 3f - The Life Story of the Ācārya Ston pa dbang phyul rgyal pa < [Book 4 - New Traditions of Secret Mantra]
Chapter 4 - The chapter from Shar ba pa to 'Chad kha pa < [Book 5 - The Sovereign Lord (Atiśa)]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
I. Seeing and hearing all the Buddhas < [Part 7 - Seeing, hearing and understanding all the Buddhas of the present]
Appendix 4 - Five destinies (pañcagati) or six destinies (ṣaḍgati) < [Chapter XLVI - Venerating with the Roots of Good]
Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (by Nāgārjuna)
The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux (by Satkari Mookerjee)