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Beyond words, beyond thought, beyond description, Prajñāpāramitā
Unborn, unceasing, the very essence of space
Yet it can be experienced as the wisdom of our own awareness:
Homage to the mother of the buddhas of past, present and future!
Texts related to the Prajñāpāramitā (shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa) or Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom/Insight:
Studied in Nyingma colleges, or shedra (bshad grwa), before the full study of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, this text covers the following topics: various ways of identifying the founders of the Prajñāpāramitā commentarial tradition, the sūtras which the Abhisamayālaṃkāra explains, the 21 Indian commentaries on the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, and the most important commentarial works studied in the Nyingma tradition.
- Excellent Explanation from the Scriptural Tradition: A Brief Guide to the Stages of Meditating on the General Themes of the Ornament to the Prajñāpāramitā by Patrul Rinpoche
In this practical guide to meditating on the teachings of the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras, as outlined in Maitreya's Abhisamayālaṃkāra, Patrul discusses the attitude and training of a bodhisattva. He repeatedly emphasises the fact that enlightened activity for others' benefit—and not simply realization—is the ultimate goal.
- Feast of Ambrosia: Instructions on Practising Fourfold Emptiness, the Meaning of the Heart of Transcendent Wisdom by Rongtön Sheja Künrig
This short commentary (Tōh. 4353) on the secret mantra or tantric meaning of the famous Heart Sūtra is attributed to the Atiyoga teacher Śrī Siṃha. According to the colophon, he gave this explanation to his disciple Vairotsana, who put it into writing and taught it to King Tri Songdetsen.
In this (Tōh. 23), the shortest of the Prajñāpāramitā or Perfection of Wisdom sūtras, the Buddha teaches the syllable ‘A’, which encapsulates the transcendent perfection of wisdom and all the literature related to it.