13 Facts About Prajnaparamita


Prajnaparamita means "the Perfection of Wisdom" or "Transcendental Knowledge" in Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

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Prajnaparamita refers to a perfected way of seeing the nature of reality, as well as to a particular body of Mahayana scriptures which discusses this wisdom.

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Some western scholars believe that the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra was adapted from the earlier Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra.

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Key theme of the Prajnaparamita sutras is the figure of the Bodhisattva which is defined in the 8,000-line Prajnaparamita sutra as:.

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Central quality of the Bodhisattva is their practice of Prajnaparamita, a most deep state of knowledge which is an understanding of reality arising from analysis as well as meditative insight.

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Prajnaparamita is associated with Sarvajnata in the Prajnaparamita sutras, a quality of the mind of a Buddha which knows the nature of all dharmas.

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Prajnaparamita sutras teach of the importance of the other paramitas for the Bodhisattva such as Ksanti : "Without resort to this patience they [bodhisattvas] cannot reach their respective goals".

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The Prajnaparamita sutras mention that bodhicitta is a middle way, it is neither apprehended as existent or non-existent and it is "immutable" and "free from conceptualization".

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Furthermore, the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra includes a list of synonyms associated with Tathagata as being "beyond coming and going", these include: 1.

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The Prajnaparamita sutras give the simile of a magician who, when seemingly killing his illusory persons by cutting off their heads, really kills nobody and compare it to the bringing of beings to awakening and the fact that this is ultimately like an illusion, because their aggregates "are neither bound nor released".

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Prajnaparamita sees through this illusion, being empty of concepts and fabrications.

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Tara and Prajnaparamita are both referred to as mothers of all Buddhas, since Buddhas are born from wisdom.

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Thereafter manuscript editions of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra circulating in Sumatra and Java instigated the cult of the Goddess of Transcendent Wisdom.

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