Five circumstantial advantages
- a buddha has come
- he has taught the Dharma
- the teachings have survived
- there are followers of the teachings
- there are favourable conditions for Dharma practice
Chökyi Drakpa says:
"For the five advantages due to circumstances to be present, a buddha must have come into the world, an event as rare as the appearance of an Udumbara flower; he must have taught the three wheels of Dharma; and the teachings must have survived without fading. There must be extraordinary friends who have embraced the teachings; and a master or a spiritual friend must have accepted you. These five are known as 'the five advantages due to circumstances'."