Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

View, Meditation, Behavior, Fruit

Book coverThe Buddhist teaching is superior in four ways: view, meditation, behavior, and fruit.

1. The “four seals” that distinguish the [Buddhist]
    view are as follows: all composed phenomena are
    impermanent, all contaminated things are miserable,
    all phenomena are selfless, and nirvana is peace.
2. Buddhist meditation serves as an antidote to all
    cyclic existence within the three realms.
3. Buddhist behavior is free from the two extremes,
    having abandoned both the extreme of
    overindulgence of desire, which is a case of being
    desirous and wanting good and great quantities of
    food and clothing, and the extreme of being too
    tired and worn out in body and mind.
4. The fruits are the true cessations, which are
     abandonments such that the obstruction that is
     removed does not arise again [and which comes
     about] through analyzing individually the
     nonexistence of the referent object of the
     conception of self.

These four [view, meditation, behavior, and fruit] are the distinguishing features of Buddhist doctrine.

From Buddhist Philosophy: Losang Gonchok’s Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba’s Root Text on Tenets, page 88.

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