Discernment is the ability to distinguish what is to be abandoned and what is to be adopted. It is a result of studying, contemplating, and rightly understanding the nature of reality.
Discernment has three aspects:
- common discernment: understanding suffering, the causes of suffering, cessation, and the path
- superior discernment: understanding impermanence, interdependence, and the twofold emptiness
- supreme discernment: understanding true purity, true self, true bliss, and true permanence
Common discernment leads to renunciation of the illusion of happiness in samsara.
Superior discernment leads to liberation from individual suffering.
Supreme discernment leads to perfect enlightenment.