The Perfection of Wisdom


The following is a discourse with the Buddha from the Prajna Paramita sutra:

Subhuti: But a Bodhisattva who would not honor the Buddhas, not fulfill the wholesome roots, not be upheld by the good friends, he would surely not reach the knowledge of all modes?

The Lord: Certainly not.  And why?  Even though he has honored the Buddhas, planted wholesome roots, tended the good spiritual friends, he is quite incapable of reaching the knowledge of all modes.

How much more so if he has not honored the Buddhas, the Lords, not planted wholesome roots, not tended the good spiritual friends—that under those circumstances he should reach the knowledge of all modes, that cannot possibly be.

Therefore then, Subhuti, a Bodhisattva who is in truth eager for full enlightenment and wants quickly to know it, should honor the Buddhas, the Lords, plant wholesome roots, and tend the good spiritual friends.  — The Perfection of Wisdom in 18,000 lines

More refined attributes gained:

As one Bodhisattva gives one’s self up to devotion to perfect wisdom, and does deeds for one day only while dwelling completely in mental activities connected with perfect wisdom; and yet another Bodhisattva lacks connections with perfect wisdom, but gives gifts for countless aeons…more discretely refined attributes has the Bodhisattva which, for one day only, makes endeavors connected with perfect wisdom.

A Bodhisattva which for one day only makes endeavors connected with perfect wisdom, begets merit other than the greatest merit of another Bodhisattva which for countless aeons gives and bestows gifts on all classes of holy persons, – from Streamwinners to Tathagatas – but lacks this discretion regarding perfect wisdom. — The Prajnaparamita in 8000 lines

Token of irreversibility:

So now, Mara, the Evil One, is (only thought of as being) the one conjuring up visions of the eight great hells, with many hundreds, many thousands, many hundreds of thousands of Bodhisattvas in these, and he says to an irreversible Bodhisattva:

“These Bodhisattvas, described by the Tathagata as irreversible, are reborn in these great hells.  Just so you also, since you are described as irreversible, fall into these great hells.  Confess this, this thought of enlightenment is an error!  What is Buddhahood to you?  Abandon it!  In this way you avoid rebirth in the hells.  As you act thus you are one who goes to heaven.”

As the mind of the Bodhisattva does not waver, is not put out, is certain in one’s knowledge an irreversible Bodhisattva cannot possibly be reborn against one’s will in the hells, this is another token of his irreversibility.  — The Prajnaparamita in 8000 lines

Greater merit gained:

If some son or daughter of good family would build, for the worship of the Tathagata who has disappeared into final Nirvana, a Stupa made of the seven precious things, one hundred miles high and half a mile broad, and would all his life honor, etc. it with flowers, etc. what do you think, Kauśika, would they on the strength of that beget a great heap of merit?

Śakra: They would, O Lord.

The Lord: Greater would be the merit of that son or daughter of good family who, having copied this perfection of wisdom, will learn it, bear it in mind, preach, study, and wisely attend to it, will reveal it to others, will not be without the thought of the knowledge of all modes, and will in addition honor it, revere, and worship it with flowers, etc. — The Perfection of Wisdom in 18,000 lines

Multiplying mantras:

Lama  Zopa Rinpoche offered us a few mantras that help us achieve incredible merits when repeated many times. When there is no time to recite all the text, one can just do the mantras. The following mantras are said to be The Mantra Encompassing the Essence of the Kangyur:

  1. Say: I prostrate to the bhagavans who have destroyed the foes and are endowed with all the qualities of knowledge.  TADYATHA HRI SATI SMRITI JAYA BIJAYA SVAHA (recite many times).  Reciting this mantra is equivalent to reading the 8,000 verses of the Perfection of Wisdom Gone Beyond.
  2. OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SVAHA PRAJNA PARAMITAYE SVAHA  Reciting this mantra is equivalent to reading the 80,000 verses of the Perfection of Wisdom Gone Beyond.  This completes the essence of the 80,000 verses.

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The Perfection of Wisdom (18,000 lines)

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