One Syllable Prajñāpāramitā

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Re: One Syllable Prajñāpāramitā

Post by Wayfarer » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:42 am

I learned about 'the Prajñāpāramitā in one letter' many years ago, but the way it was taught to me, is that it is the Sanskrit letter 'A'. This is the beginning of the alphabet, hence symbolically the start of all knowledge. But it is also the negative particle, the negation, so 'a-' is the equivalent of the English 'un-'. So it signifies the un-born, un-made, un-created - which is also the un-knowable. That is how it was taught to me. And it is definitely representative of the Greater Vehicle of liberation, subtle and inconceivable, known only to the wise, by passing through the gateless gate.

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Re: One Syllable Prajñāpāramitā

Post by cyril » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:19 pm

"A-Karo Mukham Sarvadarmanam Adyanutpannatvat" (the letter A is the door [to the insight] that all dharmas are unproduced from the very beginning)
- from "Tara's Tantra, the Origin of All Rites" in Martin Wilson's translation.
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