The Prajnaparamita(The Perfection of Wisdom) is a Mahayana Buddhist text prescribing the path of the bodhisattva and the Perfections – virtue, tolerance, energy, meditation and understanding – to be acquired over countless rebirths. Amid auspicious Buddhist symbols, Prajnaparamita, the Goddess of Wisdom, is depicted in the centre of the cover, holding a sacred manuscript in one hand. She is flanked by Vairocana, the supreme Buddha, on the right and Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, on the left.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label