Path

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Path (Skt. marga; Tib. ལམ་, lam, Wyl. lam) — the spiritual journey, which must be followed in order to attain the result, which is enlightenment. The Buddha spoke of the path in his first teaching on the four noble truths as the noble eightfold path. In other teachings, the path is described as consisting of five stages, known as the five paths, although they are in fact not separate paths but rather five stages on the same path. On a deeper level, the path refers to the wisdom, which is required to realize cessation.

Alternative Translations

  • Alexander Berzin translates lam as 'pathway mind' or 'pathway of mind' and gives the following definition for lam: "A level or state of mind that acts or functions as a pathway toward liberation or enlightenment. Some translators render this term as 'path,' but it refers to mental states, not to a series of spiritual practices."