Four ways of attracting disciples

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Four ways of attracting disciples (Skt. catuhsamgrahavastu; Tib. བསྡུ་བའི་དངོས་པོ་བཞི་, duwé ngöpo shyi, Wyl. bsdu ba'i dngos po bzhi) — the qualities of the teacher that enable him to gather fortunate students, namely:

  • that he should be generous (Tib. མཁོ་བ་སྦྱིན་པ་, Wyl. mkho ba sbyin pa).
  • his language should be pleasant (Skt. priyavāditā; Tib. སྙན་པར་སྨྲ་བ་, Wyl.snyan par smra ba),
  • he should teach each individual according to that person’s needs (Skt. samānārthatā; Tib.དོན་མཐུན་པ་, Wyl. don mthun pa, sam), and
  • he should act in conformity with what he teaches (Skt. arthacaryā; Tib. དོན་སྤྱོད་པ་, Wyl. don spyod pa).

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