The Prose & Verse of The Lotus Sutra
Ways & Means
F. Distinguishing and Illuminating the Truths
Before we generally and specifically analyzed he ways & eans and concluded by combinng together provision and reality. Now we again illuminate them in terms of wisdom to make the meaning easier to see.
Patterned after this they are all possible to understand
When these are all tied together, the reality of the Three Doctrines4a-c is provisional, whereas the provisions of the Total Doctrine3d are real. This is the dual wisdom of one's own practice and the influence of others and the illumination of the two truths according to wisdom and feelings.
Outline of Title Outline of Prose
1. Dual Wisdom: The provisional and real wisdom
2. The Two Truths: The truths of duality, emptiness & existence, absolute & mundane, etc.
Thirty kinds if dual wisdom: The ten kinds of provision and reality, multiplied
by the three kinds:
a. One's own practice, and wisdom
b. The influence of others, and feelings
c. Both one's own practice and the influence of others, and the following of both feelings and wisdom
Like this there are thirty kinds of dual wisdom in each of The Four Doctrines
The Four Doctrines: The progressively
deeper understandings of spiritual truth:
a. The Doctrine of the Three Baskets: The Truths of Birth & Extinction, on Causality & Conditions - For the Two Vehicles
b. The General Doctrine: The Truths Without Birth or Extinction, on Emptiness - For the Three Vehicles
c. The Specific Doctrine: The Limitless Truths, on That Which is Temporary - For the Bodhisattva
d. The Total Doctrine: The Innate Truth, on the Mean - For the Buddhas
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