|If even as many buddhas, blessed ones as there are grains of sand in forty-eight Ganges rivers are unable to express the mass of merit of the one writing it out, what need is there to mention that whoever writes it out or reflects on it or reads it will become a treasury of the Dharma?|
The Prajnaparamita Sutra contains the highest teachings of the Buddha and is among the most precious texts available in the world today. Due to the power of this text, writing it out is a way to generate tremendous merit and receive blessings.
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one of the main ways to create the causes needed to build the Maitreya Buddha statue in India, is to write out the Prajnaparamita in pure gold. The completed sutra will be enshrined in the heart of the statue. The Prajnaparamita Project provides the material resources needed to support the efforts to write out this precious text.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been writing the 8,000 verse Prajnaparamita Sutra in pure gold for several years. Under Rinpoche’s guidance several students have been writing out the Prajnaparamita on archival quality rainbow paper. Ven. Tsering, a Kopan monk, and Jane Seidlitz, a long-time student, are writing out the 12,000 verse Prajnaparamita in pure gold.
The benefits that come from writing out sutras such as the Prajnaparamita are extensive.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said: “There is unbelievable, unbelievable merit in writing this text. The benefits are spoken of in the sutra The Condensed Jewel Quality. It says: Building a Stupa of The One Gone to Bliss, making the stupa of the Seven jewels, and making as many of these to fill many thousands of ten millions worlds, that equaling the number of sand grains in the river Ganges and then making offerings to these stupas by many sentient beings (infinite sentient beings of all the existing worlds making offerings of lights, incense and flowers etc. three times a day for eons). Consider the merit obtained from this compared with of the following: If one writes this Sutra - the Mother Prajnaparamita taught by the Buddha having the 10 Powers, keeps this text and makes offerings to it and pays respect to it, the merit of the later is infinitely greater!”
If the whole of the great three thousand worlds were completely, entirely filled with stupas, the size of Mt Meru, made of the seven types of jewels, comparing to that, if one writes the Prajnaparimita, in the duration of a finger snap, at least, one achieves the patience of the profound Dharma - great inconceivable exhalted merits.
To clarify, one universe of one thousand world systems is a great thousand world; one thousand great thousand worlds is a great two thousand universe or world, while one thousand of these (great two thousand worlds) is a great three thousand world. One stupa directs the mind to Enlightenment and creates inconceivable merit, and with that merit, one can meditate on emptiness without fear.
Money from this fund is also used for writing out the Sanghata and Diamond Cutter Sutras in pure gold and silver, dedicated to the completion of the Maitreya Buddha statue for world peace.
We are inviting individuals to generate merit and receive the blessings of these sutras by contributing to this fund. The cost of the ongoing work on the Prajnaparamita Sutra is $30,000 per year and any additional funds will go toward writing out the Sanghata and Diamond Cutter Sutras.
Please download Dedication Prayer after Reading the Diamond Cutter Sutra.
"A Request I Couldn't Refuse" by Jane Seidlitz. "Lama Zopa Rinpoche called me very early one morning in 2004, and after giving me some advice on a thangka I was planning to paint, asked me how my Tibetan handwriting was. “It’s okay, not that great,” I told him. Well, Rinpoche asked, would I be willing to write a volume of the 100,000 stanza Prajnaparamita Sutra (the longest of the 3 versions)?" More....
Ven. Tsering has dedicated his life to writing out the Prajnaparamita in pure gold. Effort of this magnitude is worth rejoicing in, as this is the tenth consecutive year he has worked on this project. More....
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation:
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Prajnaparamita Project” on the memo line.
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The Prajnaparamita Project is a project of FPMT Inc. All donations made to the fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(C)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.