Dharmatalk: Great Mother Prajna Paramita

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“… Real knowing is not-knowing …”

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Description: This talk explores the meanings of the word “Prajna.” Commonly translated as wisdom, the word etymologically comes from pra-jna. “Jna” is a root word meaning “know” (related both to the English know and to gnosis). The prefix pra can be an intensifier, suggesting “supreme” knowing, but can also be prepositional, suggesting either “beyond” or “before.” Hence prajna can indicate before knowing, beyond knowing, or supreme knowing. Either way, this talk examines how and why the discovery of the deeper meanings of the word prajna, when tasted through personal experience, will inspire bodhisattvas to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of beings in the world.

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