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Skilful means (Skt. upāya; Tib. ཐབས་, tab, Wyl. thabs) — compassion, which is the counterpart of the wisdom of emptiness, and all bodhisattva activity motivated by compassion. The first five paramitas are skilful means, the sixth is wisdom.
- expedient devices
- liberative arts (Robert Thurman)
- skillful methods