Monday, August 29, 2016

Skillful Means

The great variety of teachings and practices within the tradition of the Buddha Dharma has the one purpose of guiding all beings to Buddhahood. The goal of becoming a buddha is a goal everyone without exception can realize,

In the second chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha tells Shariputra, his chief disciple, "Buddhas of the past, through an innumerable variety of skillful means, causal explanations, parables, and other kinds of expression, have taught the Dharma for the sake of living beings. These teachings have all been for the sake of the One Buddha—Vehicle, so that all living things, having heard the Dharma from a buddha, might finally gain complete wisdom."

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