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with Dharmaguptaka sect, while Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (8000 lines) does not have any sect. ------ Williams, Paul. 2008, Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations. Prajnaparamita has been the subject of controversy since long and scholars are not able to trace its origin. The Chinese traveler Faxian described images of Prajnaparamita in India as early as 400 BC, but all known existent images date from 800 or later. Buddhist scholars agree that Prajnaparamita sutras represent the earliest layer of Mahayana sutra literature. Diamond Sutra (300 stanzas) also known as Vajrachedika Prajnaparamita Sutra is widely used and is also popularly known as “portable editions” of Prajnaparamita. The circulations of the Prajnaparamita Sutra involved in three phases: a) memorization of the basic text b) systematic updating c) interpretations that made the text live for succeeding generation. Scholars distinguish the developments of the writing of the Prajna-paramita manuscript into four different phases: 1) 100 B.C. to 100 A. D. – Basic text elaboration: this period is characterized by the formation and composition of the basic text. The oldest text in this period is the Astashasrika Sutra or the Prajnaparamita in Eight Thousand Verses. 2) 100 A D to 300 A D – In this period the basic text are being expanded including these three manuscripts were made:

Prajnaparamita (A short note)  

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