Xiaopin Boreboluomi Jing 《小品般若波羅蜜經》

The Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines or the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā


小品般若波羅蜜經 後秦 鳩摩羅什譯 共 10 卷 Xiaopin Boreiluomi Sūtra or Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines Translated by Kumārajīva in the Later Qin Kingdom (384-417) in 10 scrolls.


According to Lancaster the translation was performed in 408. (Lancaster, 2004, 'K 7') This sūtra is a version of the Aṣṭasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra or Aṣṭa for short, is thought to be the earliest prajñāpāramitāsūtra sūtra. (Buswell and Lopez, 2014, 'Aṣṭasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitā') English translation: Conze translated a Sanskrit version of this sūtra. (Conze, 1973)

Primary Source

Kumārajīva, trans., 《小品般若波羅蜜經》 'Xiaopin Boreiluomi Sūtra or Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines,' in Taishō shinshū Daizōkyō 《大正新脩大藏經》, in Takakusu Junjiro, ed., (Tokyo: Taishō Shinshū Daizōkyō Kankōkai, 1988), Vol. 8, No. 227, Accessed 2016-07-08, http://tripitaka.cbeta.org/T08n0227.


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