Path of meditation

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Path of meditation (Skt. bhāvanāmārga; Tib. སྒོམ་ལམ་, gom lam; Wyl. sgom lam) — the fourth of the five paths. On the path of meditation one meditates on the truth realized on the path of seeing. It is here that one begins to relinquish the discards.

Discards in the Basic Vehicle

According to the Higher Abhidharma tradition of Asanga, which is found in his Compendium of Abhidharma, there are eighty-one discards to be relinquished on the path of meditation in order to reach the level of arhat.

Discard in the Great Vehicle

Again following the tradition of Asanga, there are four hundred and fourteen discards to be relinquished on the path of meditation in order to reach complete buddhahood.

Alternative Translations

  • Path of cultivation
  • Path of familiarization (Brunnholz)

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