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ala
16 Apr 12, 09:28
Vimalakirti has been depicted as an expert in employing Skill in Means (upāya-kauśalya).
Can anyone give more examples of such in Mahayana sutras or point out sources to find more information on Skill in Means?

plwk
16 Apr 12, 13:36
If these are of any help...

http://mingkok.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/21748
The Sanskrit word 'upaya' is usually translated as 'skillful means', 'expedient means', or 'skillful methods', and is a central concept in Mahayana Buddhism, which includes both Zen and Tibetan traditions.

Upaya refers to practices, rituals, teachings, and even teaching methods that are considered a means to an end - a means to enlightenment - for a particular student or group of students. They are considered provisional or expedient truths rather than ultimate truth itself, on the pathway to Enlightenment.
The Origins of ‘Skilful Means’ in Early Buddhism (http://www.buddhanet.net/skilful-means.htm)
Nagarjuna and the Doctrine of Skillful Means (http://www.thezensite.com/ZenEssays/Nagarjuna/Nagarjuna_and_Skillful_Means.htm)
Skilful Means (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Skilful_means)
Expedient Dharmas (http://www.nalanda-university.com/buddhist-ayurveda-encylopedia/expedient_dharmas_skill-in-means_upaya_paramita_skillful_provisional_device_s tratagem.htm)

Sample Sutra: The Lotus Sutra 1 (http://cttbusa.org//lotus/lotus2.asp) 2 (http://cttbusa.org//lotus/lotus16.asp)

ala
17 Apr 12, 04:30
Thank you, plwk, for your inputs. They are helpful indeed.

wmw111
29 Apr 12, 10:58
There was a this person who was successful but he was so very stingy in life. He could not even give a glass of water to a beggar at his door. So Buddha asked him to take some sand and asked him to pour sand from one hand to his other hand to give him a feeling of what it feels like to give from one hand to another. Skillful is taking people as they are and giving them something they need at that moment or time.

Aloka
29 Apr 12, 11:08
There was a this person who was successful but he was so very stingy in life. He could not even give a glass of water to a beggar at his door. So Buddha asked him to take some sand and asked him to pour sand from one hand to his other hand to give him a feeling of what it feels like to give from one hand to another. .

Hello wmw111,

As we are a learning community, can you give specific text references and URL links for any quoting you do please, epecially if its refering to something said by the Buddha.

Thanks

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