Here is a description of the meanings of various Sanskrit syllables, from a text called “The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom” (translated by Conze). Our author describes the meaning of various Sanksrit syllables in the context of this Pranjnaparamita Tradition. Some of my Buddhist friends pay close attention to the practice of Mantra Recitation. So, for their benefit (and my own), I share this section of the Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom along with some basic information about Sanksrit pronunciation..
The task is huge. Beginningless eternity is a long time and infinity is a big number. Without good buddies, we’ll get confused, we’ll get lost, we’ll suffer more than we need to.
What is the practice of perfection of wisdom?
Train of thought from a sick Buddhist. I’m just rambling about the things I’ve been reading and the thoughts I’ve been having in relation to my illness (Type 1 Diabetes). It starts off with thinking about diabetes, but ends with thinking about thinking. Minding mind. Check it out!
A Bodhisattva won’t argue! Though a Bodhisattva does share her wisdom, she will not engage in petty quarreling. I can’t express it any more clearly than the masters of yore, so I’m just going to share this piece of this Prajnaparamita Sutra called “Perfect Wisdom in 8,000 Lines”.
There is a piece of you that is not a piece– it is a whole– but, as a whole, it is untouchable, unknowable, unspeakable. The Bodhisattva that courses in Perfect Wisdom has this untouchable, unknowable, unspeakable as her refuge.
You don’t gain anything. You drop delusive ideas. But, if you don’t gain anything, why practice at all? Over the next few weeks, I’m going to write a series of posts that will explore answers to this question. For now, let’s explore this question!
Walking through some teachings in some of the Prajnaparamita, or ‘perfection of wisdom’, literature. You may be aware of the Diamond Sutra, you’ve probably also heard of the Heart Sutra— these are condensed versions of the teaching. Here, we’re exploring Conze’s translation of The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom and Perfect Wisdom in 8,000 Lines. Also, we’re going to sprinkle bits and pieces of other related teachings here and there along the way.
Watch the doors.
Christian Pecaut has provided us with some awesome recitations of some awesome Mahayana Buddhist texts! I’ll give brief introductions of the texts and links to the actual audio files.