Six mother scriptures

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The goddess Prajñaparamita

Six mother scriptures (Tib. ཡུམ་དྲུག, yum druk, Wyl. yum drug) — the “longer” and “medium” length prajñaparamita sutras of the seventeen sutras upon which the Abhisamayalankara is a commentary. These sutras are the ones which fully reveal the eight topics.[1]

  1. Sutra in One Hundred Thousand Lines (Shatasahasrika)
  2. Sutra in Twenty-five Thousand Lines (Pañcavimshatisahasrika)
  3. Sutra in Eighteen Thousand Lines (Ashtadashasahasrika)
  4. Sutra in Ten Thousand Lines (Dashasahasrika)
  5. Sutra in Eight Thousand Lines (Ashtasahasrika)
  6. Verse Summary (Saṃchaya)


  1. Khenpo Tsöndrü says, "Regarding the criteria for classifying these as either ‘mother’ or ‘son’ scriptures, sutras revealing the eight clear realizations are termed ‘mother’ scriptures, whilst those revealing them only partially are termed ‘son’."[1]

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