There are three kinds of Prajna: (1) Prajna of languages (2) Prajna of contemplative illumination (3) prajna of the characteristics of actuality The last one is the ultimate wisdom, which is the wisdom of Buddha. Also see wisdom.
wisdom” – insight into the true nature in reality; a Tantric practitioner‘s female consort . The prajna becomes deified as a Buddhist goddess with a bipolar relationship to the male upaya (“skill”) represented by a god, a buddha or a bodhisattva.
This term, meaning wisdom, is the supreme wisdom considered by Mahayana Buddhism to be outside human experience and incapable of being conveyed in this-world categories. The key experience of prajna is insight into Emptiness, the true nature of the cosmos. This is usually attained during enlightenment.
(t. Shes Rab) Prajna is the reasoning, deductive aspect of intelligence or understanding. It is the faculty of examining all phenomena and being able to discriminate between them by means of logical argument or reasoning. As it involves thought and discrimination, it is mainly inferential. This prajna can be of two kinds, The first, worldly prajna, is acquired through the study of the arts and sciences, etc. The second, spiritual prajna is, in the case of the Mahayana, acquired through reflection and meditation on the voidness ( sunyata), the inherent nature of all phenomena. Up to the first deep level, the prajna which understands voidness is still an intellectual understanding and not a direct realization involving neither thought nor concept. When the development of prajna has been perfected and reaches fruition, it becomes the actual Prajnaparamita (although the name is also applied to the practice of achieving it). At this first deep level perfected prajna fuses with jnana.
Understanding, knowledge, wisdom, or insight. It is an intuitive wisdom that cannot be conveyed by concepts. It is a Sanskrit word for wisdom which basically means purifying insight into emptinessâ€”the true nature of reality. There are three types of prajna: (1) prajna obtained through the written word, (2) prajna obtained through contemplating or meditating on reality, and (3) prajna of ultimate reality. One of the six paramitas, seven limbs of enlightenment, See JEWEL MIRROR.