The Candragarbha Perfection of Wisdom

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The Candragarbha Perfection of Wisdom (Skt. Candragarbhaprajñāpāramitā; Tib. ཤེར་ཕྱིན་ཟླ་བའི་སྙིང་པོ།, Wyl. sher phyin zla ba’i snying po) is a condensed prajnaparamita sutra that takes the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and the bodhisattva Candragarbha. In response to Candragarbha’s question about how bodhisattvas should train themselves in the perfection of wisdom, the Buddha declares that the perfection of wisdom lies in the understanding that all phenomena are devoid of entities, using the analogy of the moon to clarify the meaning of this declaration. Candragarbha then asks the Buddha how many kinds of perfection of wisdom exist for bodhisattvas. The Buddha answers by describing two types of perfection of wisdom, “contaminated” and “uncontaminated,” and he elucidates the nature of the perfection of wisdom with reference to the ultimate nature of all phenomena. At the end of this discourse, the Buddha presents a mantra of the perfection of wisdom, followed by a summary verse.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the Perfection of Wisdom section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 27


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.