Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Prajnaparamita-18K - Chapter 87 - Entrusting this perfection of wisdom to Ananda - 387

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The Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom
in Eighteen Thousand Lines - 387
Daśa­sāhasrikā­prajñā­pāramitā

– Chapter 87 - Entrusting this perfection of wisdom to Ānanda –

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87. ENTRUSTING – Ensuring the continuation of the Buddha-dharmas. The Buddha entrusted this perfection of wisdom to Ānanda.

(i.e. Résumé: CONCLUSION. Ensuring the continuation of the Buddha-dharmas.
The Buddha entrusted this perfection of wisdom to Ānanda.
Bodhisattvas must take up, bear in mind, read aloud, and study this perfection of wisdom in order to perfectly look after it. They must also explicate it in detail to others.
They should listen to, take up, bear in mind, read aloud, master, read aloud to others, clearly articulate, teach, and recite from memory this perfection of wisdom. They should respect, revere, honor, worship, praise, and attend to it with flowers, incense, perfumes, creams, powders, robes, parasols, flags and banners, and with rosaries of lamps all around it and by worshiping it in many ways.
Those doing this will not become separated from seeing the Buddha, will not become separated from hearing the Dharma, and will not become separated from serving the Saṅgha.)

"Subhūti, the moment the bodhisattva great being Sadāprarudita came into possession of those six million meditative stabilization gateways,

  • he beheld, in world systems as many as there are sand particles in the Gaṅgā River in the eastern direction, southern direction, western direction, and northern direction, in the intermediate directions, and in the directions below and above, the lord buddhas surrounded by a community of monks and at the head of an assembly of bodhisattvas, as many as there are sand particles in the Gaṅgā River, teaching the perfection of wisdom in just such ways as these, with just these names, and in just these words, just as I, Subhūti, the Dharma teacher in this great billionfold world system, am now teaching the perfection of wisdom surrounded by a community of monks and at the head of an assembly of bodhisattvas in just such ways as these, with just these names, and in just these words.

  • He became endowed with inconceivably great learning and an ocean-like erudition;

  • he was never separated from the buddhas wherever he was born;

  • in all his lives he took birth in places where he would come face to face with the lord buddhas;

  • and he was not separated from the lord buddhas even in dreams.

  • He avoided the places that preclude a perfect human birth and accomplished a perfect human birth. 1121

"Subhūti, 1122 from this one of many explanations, you should know that
this perfection of wisdom brings about the bodhisattva great beings' knowledge of a knower of all.

Therefore, Subhūti, those bodhisattva great beings
who want to gain the knowledge of a knower of all [omniscience]
should practice the perfection of wisdom."

Then the Lord] said to venerable Ānanda,

  • "Ānanda, bodhisattvas must take up, bear in mind, read aloud, and study this perfection of wisdom in order to perfectly look after it. 1123

  • They must also explicate it in detail to others.

  • Ānanda, bodhisattva great beings should listen to, take up, bear in mind, read aloud, master, read aloud to others, clearly articulate, teach, and recite from memory this perfection of wisdom.

  • Having carefully written it out in a big book with the letters made clear, extremely clear, under the controlling power of the tathāgata, they should respect, revere, honor, worship, praise, and attend to it with flowers, incense, perfumes, creams, powders, robes, parasols, flags and banners, and with rosaries of lamps all around it and by worshiping it in many ways.

  • This, Ānanda, is my instruction.

And why?

  • Ānanda, what do you think, is the Tathāgata your teacher?"

"You are my teacher, Lord. You are my teacher, Sugata," replied Ānanda.

The venerable Ānanda having affirmed that, the Lord said to him,

  • "Ānanda, the Tathāgata is your teacher, and, Ānanda, you have served me with kind and touching physical action, with kind and touching verbal action, and with kind and touching mental action.

  • Therefore, Ānanda, just as you have cherished, had serene confidence in, and venerated this body of mine in which I am now dwelling and maintaining myself, when I am gone, do the same toward this perfection of wisdom.

  • I entrust this perfection of wisdom to you, Ānanda,
    a second time and a third time
    so that one way or the other it does not die out,
    and so that you are not the last 1124 person.

  • I pass it on to you.

  • "Know, Ānanda, that as long as this perfection of wisdom circulates 1125 in the world,
    the Tathāgata will remain and the Tathāgata will teach the Dharma.

  • Know, Ānanda, that those beings who listen to, take up, bear in mind, read aloud, master, read aloud to others, clearly articulate, teach, recite from memory, and write out in letters this perfection of wisdom‍ — those who respect, revere, honor, worship, praise, and attend to it with flowers, incense, perfumes, flower garlands, creams, powders, robes, parasols, flags and banners, and with rosaries of lamps all around it‍ — by worshiping it in many ways, will not become separated from seeing the Buddha, will not become separated from hearing the Dharma, and will not become separated from serving the Saṅgha.

  • And know, Ānanda, that those beings live their lives in the presence of the Tathāgata."

When the Lord had said that, bodhisattva great being Maitreya and so on, venerable Subhūti, venerable Śāriputra, venerable Mahā­maudgalyāyana, venerable Mahākāśyapa, venerable Pūrṇa Maitrāyaṇī­putra, venerable Kātyāyana, venerable Aniruddha, venerable Revata, venerable Rāhula, and venerable Ānanda, together with the gods, humans, asuras, and gandharvas, rejoiced and praised the teaching of the Lord.

This was the eighty-seventh chapter, "Entrusting," of "The Perfection of Wisdom in Eighteen Thousand Lines."


Colophon

The Noble Perfection of Wisdom in Eighteen Thousand Lines is completed.
It has been translated, proofed, and prepared for publication
by the Indian preceptors Jinamitra, Surendrabodhi, Yeshé Dé, and so on. 1126




Access to other chapters on the Blog:
(Work in progress. Empty files means they are not done yet.)

  1. Chapter 0 – Introduction to the Sutra

  2. Chapter 1 – Introduction / the Assembly

  3. Chapter 2 – Production of the Thought

  4. Chapter 3 – designation [U2T]

  5. Chapter 4 – Equal to the Unequal

  6. Chapter 5 – Tongue

  7. Chapter 6 – Subhūti

  8. Chapter 7 – Entry into flawlessness

  9. Chapter 8 – The Religious Mendicant Śreṇika

  10. Chapter 9 – Causal Signs

  11. Chapter 10 – Illusion-like

  12. Chapter 11 – Embarrassment

  13. Chapter 12 – Elimination of Views

  14. Chapter 13 – The Six Perfections

  15. Chapter 14 – Neither Bound nor Freed

  16. Chapter 15 – Meditative Stabilization

  17. Chapter 16 – Dhāraṇī Gateway

  18. Chapter 17 – Level Purification

  19. Chapter 18 – The Exposition of Going Forth in the Great Vehicle [cause / path]

  20. Chapter 19 – Surpassing

  21. Chapter 20 – Not Two

  22. Chapter 21 – Subhūti

  23. Chapter 22 – Śatakratu

  24. Chapter 23 – Hard to Understand

  25. Chapter 24 – Unlimited

  26. Chapter 25 – Second Śatakratu

  27. Chapter 26 – Getting Old

  28. Chapter 27 – Reliquary

  29. Chapter 28 – Declaration of the Good Qualities of the Thought of Awakening

  30. Chapter 29 – Different Tīrthika Religious Mendicants

  31. Chapter 30 – The Benefits of Taking Up and Adoration

  32. Chapter 31 – Physical Remains

  33. Chapter 32 – The Superiority of Merit

  34. Chapter 33 – Dedication

  35. Chapter 34 – Perfect Praise of the Quality of Accomplishment

  36. Chapter 35 – Hells

  37. Chapter 36 – Teaching The Purity of all Dharmas

  38. Chapter 37 – Nobody

  39. Chapter 38 – Cannot Be Apprehended

  40. Chapter 39 – The Northern Region

  41. Chapter 40 – The Work of Māra

  42. Chapter 41 – Not Complete Because of Māra

  43. Chapter 42 – Revealing the World

  44. Chapter 43 – Inconceivable

  45. Chapter 44 – Made Up

  46. Chapter 45 – A Boat

  47. Chapter 46 – Teaching the Intrinsic Nature of All Dharmas

  48. Chapter 47 – Taming Greed

  49. Chapter 48 – A Presentation of the Bodhisattvas' Training

  50. Chapter 49 – Irreversibility

  51. Chapter 50 – Teaching the Signs of Irreversibility

  52. Chapter 51 – Skillful means

  53. Chapter 52 – Completion of the Means

  54. Chapter 53 – The Prophecy about Gaṅgadevī

  55. Chapter 54 – Teaching the Cultivation of Skillful Means

  56. Chapter 55 – Teaching the Stopping of Thought Construction [in absolute terms]

  57. Chapter 56 – Equal Training

  58. Chapter 57 – Practice

  59. Chapter 58 – Exposition of the Absence of Thought Construction [in absolute terms]

  60. Chapter 59 – non-attachment

  61. Chapter 60 – Entrusting

  62. Chapter 61 – Inexhaustible

  63. Chapter 62 – Leaping Above Absorption

  64. Chapter 63 – Many Inquiries about the Two Dharmas

  65. Chapter 64 – Perfectly Displayed

  66. Chapter 65 – Worshiping, Serving, and Attending on Spiritual Friends as Skillful Means

  67. Chapter 66 – A Demonstration of Skillful Means

  68. Chapter 67 – Morality

  69. Chapter 68 – Growing and Flourishing

  70. Chapter 69 – An Explanation of Meditation on The Path

  71. Chapter 70 – An Explanation of Serial Action, Training, and Practice

  72. Chapter 71 – The True Nature of Dharmas That Cannot Be Apprehended

  73. Chapter 72 – Teaching the Absence of Marks

  74. Chapter 73 – Exposition of the Major Marks and Minor Signs and the Completion of Letters

  75. Chapter 74 – Exposition of the Sameness of Dharmas

  76. Chapter 75 – Exposition of non-complication –

  77. Chapter 76 – The Armor for Bringing Beings to Maturity

  78. Chapter 77 – Teaching the Purification of a Buddhafield

  79. Chapter 78 – Teaching the Skillful Means for the Purification of a Buddhafield

  80. Chapter 79 – Teaching the non- Existence of an Intrinsic Nature

  81. Chapter 80 – Teaching that there is No Defilement or Purification

  82. Chapter 81 – Yogic Practice of the Ultimate

  83. Chapter 82 – The Unchanging True Nature of Dharmas

  84. Chapter 83 – Categorization of a Bodhisattva's Training

  85. Chapter 84 – Collection

  86. Chapter 85 – Sadāprarudita

  87. Chapter 86 – Dharmodgata

  88. Chapter 87 – Entrusting

  89. Résumés in bullet points of all chapters.




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