Aṣṭasāhasrikā prajñāpāramitā. (T. Sher phyin brgyad stong pa; C. Xiaopin bore jing; J. Shōbon hannyakyō; K. Sop’um panya kyŏng 小品般若經). In Sanskrit, “Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines.”
This text is accepted by most scholars as the earliest of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras.
Its popular verse summary is known as the Verse Summary of the Prajnaparamita.
84000 translation group states:
- This sūtra takes the form of a series of dialogues between the Buddha Śākyamuni, Subhūti, Śāriputra, and others such as Indra, the king of gods, and a Goddess of the Ganges, and as well as setting out the teachings on emptiness as such it describes the path and practices that a bodhisattva should take to integrate this understanding of phenomena and finally realize it. A special feature of this particular sūtra are the inspirational narratives of Sadāprarudita and his quest for the teachings on the Perfection of Wisdom from the Bodhisattva Dharmodgata, contained in the final three chapters.
In the Tibetan Canon, the text is numbered Toh 12, and consists of 32 chapters.
- Haribhadra, Light Ornament: A Great Commentary on the 8,000 Verses
- Ratnakarashanti, Supreme Essence (Sarottama)
- Abhayakaragupta, Moonlight of Points (Marmakaumudi)
The mind is devoid of mind,
For the nature of mind is clear light.
- Edward Conze, Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines and its Verse Summary, (1958)
- Edward Conze, The Prajñāpāramitā Literature (1960)
- Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), entry for Aṣṭasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitā
- Perfection of Wisdom
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