Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra

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Mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra. (T. Shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa chen po’i mdo; C. Dabore boluomiduo jing; J. Daihannya haramittakyō; K. Taebanya paramilta kyŏng 大般若波羅蜜多經). An extensive collection of Prajnaparamita Sutras found in the Chinese Buddhist Canon.[1]

This collection contains sixteen separate Prajnaparamita sutras, including the Śatasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā (The Prajnaparamita in One Hundred Thousand Lines) and the Diamond Sutra. According to tradition, the sixteen sutras within the collection represent sixteen separate teachings given by the Buddha, each to a different assembly.[1]

The Chinese translation of this sutra is attributed to Xuanzang during the years 660-663.[1] Xuanzang is also credited with the translation of the Heart Sutra.

The Mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra is often the first sutra found within the different versions of the Chinese Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra