Madhyama Pratipada wrote:
But what about the Prajna Paramita Sutras? Tathagatagarbha Sutras? From my own experience reading the sutras, I know the Heart Sutra is shorter than the Diamond Sutra, which is shorter than the Lotus Sutra, which is shorter than the Mahaparinirvana, Avatamsaka, and Lankavatara Sutras. But I'm curious about other sutras and where they stand, length-wise, relative to the rest.
Could anyone provide a simple comparison of the lengths of the major Mahayana sutras (and minor sutras if you are so inclined to give this some extra consideration), giving either rank order lengths or approximate page lengths? Many thanks in advance.
There are a number of Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras that eventually came to be named according to their length:
1. Triśatikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 300 lines, (this is the Diamond Sūtra)
2. Pañcaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 500 lines
3. Saptaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 700 lines
4. Sārdhadvisāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 2500 lines
5. Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 8000 lines
6. Aṣṭadaśasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 18,000 lines
7. Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 25,000 lines
8. Śatasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: 100,000 lines
IIRC the longest Mahāyāna sūtras are the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra and the Avataṃsaka Sūtra, but the Avataṃsaka is most likely a composite collection of sūtras, some of which may have originally circulated independently in India. Another large collection of sūtras is the Mahāratnakūṭa, which contains 49 sūtras of various lengths.