Two Paths

Jieyintu9-e1427960287868There are two paths by which Bodhisattvas reach the stage of non-retrogression: the path of difficult practice and the path of easy practice.

The path of difficult practice is attempting to reach the stage of non-retrogression through self-effort in the age of the five corruptions, when no Buddha dwells in the world. […] The path of difficult practice is, therefore, like an overland journey, painstakingly made on foot.

The path of easy practice is aspiring to be born in the Pure Land through faith in Amideva and attaining birth by the power of His Vows. In the Pure Land, we are sustained by the Buddha’s power and join those who are rightly established in the Mahayana path. […] The path of easy practice is, therefore, like a pleasant journey on water, serenely made by boat.

—Nagarjuna, Dasabhumika-vibhasa-sastra

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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1 Response to Two Paths

  1. cheryla says:

    traveling with serenity on the waters of wisdom in the boat of compassion – this is the way i aspire to travel….the EASY way to the other shore…..i may be rowing with the sangha, but i feel the power of the Buddhas in every stroke. beautful! cc

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