The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom: With the Divisions of the Abhisamayalankara (Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley)

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ISBN: 0520053214

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Some 2000 years ago Buddhism experienced a major reformation through a movement called the Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle," which dominated religious through in much of Asia for many centuries and still exerts considerable influence. The basic Mahayana texts, sermons ascribed to the Buddha and called "sutras" in Sanskrit, discussed the "perfect wisdom." The "Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom" took shape between 50 and 2000 A.D. in southern India during one of the most momentous outbursts of religious creativity in human history.

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gifts which 3 The translation here follows S 67, instead of P. The phrase "furnished with the best of all modes" is explained in Śikshāsamuccaya, p. 272. 48 AA 11 P 21-22 are given by all the Disciples and Pratyekabuddhas by means of one single production of a thought associated with Rejoicing,4 (P 22) I le,6. ASSOCIATED WITH THE PERFECTION OF MORALITY, AND LIKE A JEWEL MINE. to establish the immoral in morality, I le,7. ASSOCIATED WITH THE PERFECTION OF PATIENCE, AND LIKE THE GREAT OCEAN.

Highest Gods. And they will see to it that that Bodhisattva will meet with no impediments at all. If he has any physical defect it will completely cease in this very life. And why? Because he radiates friendliness over all beings. (P56) Moreover, a Bodhisattva a great being who courses in perfect wisdom, comes with little trouble face to face with the Dharani-doors and the concentration-doors. Wherever he is reborn, he pleases the Tathagatas and is not deprived anywhere of the Buddhas, the Lords,

personality, an individual, a man, a youth, one who does, one who knows, one who sees. And why? Because, absolutely, a self does not exist and cannot be apprehended. I 3u,2. CONCERNING THE SELF AS A UNITY. He also does not get at form, etc. to: consciousness; I 3u,3. CONCERNING THE SELF AS A CAUSE. eye, etc. to: mind; form, etc. to: drīarmas; I 3u,4. CONCERNING THE SELF AS A SPECTATOR. eye, form, eye-consciousness, etc.; I 3u,5. CONCERNING THE SELF AS THE RECEPTACLE OF THE DEFILEMENTS.

nonintimacy with them. 6. Search for the good Dharma, on account of the nonapprehension of all dharmas. 7. Leaving home again and again, on account of the nonapprehension of a home. 8. Longing for the body of a Buddha, without apprehending His marks, minor characteristics, and signs. 9. The unveiling of Dharma, on account of the nonapprehension of a differentiation between dharmas. 10. Truthful speech, on account of the nonapprehension of speech (as a separate reality). (P215) II. Furthermore,

retinue by being endowed with a retinue of Bodhisattvas,57 after he has established beings in enlightenment. 9. He accomplishes the manner of birth: even when just born, a Bodhisattva irradiates all world systems with his splendour, and shakes them all in six ways. (P225) 10. He accomplishes the leaving of his home by leaving home together with many hundreds of thousands of niyutas of kotis of beings. 11. A Bodhisattva's accomplishment of the miraculous harmony of the Bodhi-tree consists in that

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