Praj˝ā (Sanskrit; Pali: pa˝˝ā; Tibetan: shes rab, Chinese: 般若, banruo) meaning "wisdom," "cognitive acuity;" or "know-how" -- but especially the Buddhist wisdom that is based on a realization of dependent origination, not-self, emptiness, etc. Praj˝ā is the wisdom that is able to extinguish afflictions and bring about enlightenment. The Praj˝ā-pāramitā Sutras, such as the Heart Sutra, describe it as supreme, highest, incomparable, unequalled, and unsurpassed. It is spoken of as the principal means, by its enlightenment, of attaining nirvana, through its revelation of the true nature of all things. Praj˝ā is also listed as the sixth of the six paramitas.
- Digital Dictionary of Buddhism http://www.acmuller.net/cgi-bin/search-ddb4.pl?Terms=般若 (log in with userID "guest")
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