Thursday, January 12, 2006

SHES RAB KYI PHA ROL TU PHYIN PA

That's a mouthful! We went through ཤེས་རབ། shes rab earlier, wisdom. ཕ་རོལ། pha rol is the other, the far shore, other side. We looked quickly at the particle ཏུ། tu before, it's a dative particle, extremely flexible one, as the last letter in རོལ། rol is l, then the dative particle is tu (it could be su, tu, du...). Think of it as the word to just now.

So far, ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ། pha rol tu means to the other side. པྱིན་པ། phyin pa means pass, cross over. So the whole expression is the wisdom that will take one to the other side. Another more common word is transcendental, wisdom that transcends intellectual thinking. Buddhas who have overcome this are on the other side, they have crossed over, transcended ordinary beings.

In Sanskrit all this is prajnaparamita. Maybe now it makes sense. This is the full name of the perfection of wisdom, when wisdom is perfected, and you move to the other side.

Homework: Find this important term in the 8000 Verses of the Perfection of Wisdom.

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