Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Two Accumulations

Therefore, through effort in the vow made by
Bodhisattvas for pure, full enlightenment,
The collections for complete enlightenment
Will be thoroughly accomplished.

Enlightenment depends upon the two accumulations of merit and wisdom. The discussion so far has concerned the accumulation of merit. We start out with the accumulation of merit because until we are a good ways along on the path, it's difficult to accumulate wisdom. Once the accumulation of merit is well established, the other qualities that lead to enlightenment can also be established.

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