Eight Downfalls of Ordinary People
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- To teach emptiness to those who are unprepared for it, since they will abandon bodhichitta.
- Consciously to direct people of a Mahayana disposition away from the Mahayana path.
- By injudicious praise of the Mahayana, to lead people of a Hinayana disposition to give up their pratimoksha vows.
- To maintain that following the Hinayana path does not eradicate defilements or that the shravakas do not have an authentic path to liberation.
- To criticize bodhisattvas openly and to praise oneself.
- To claim falsely that one has realized the profound view.
- To encourage powerful people to persecute practitioners, and secretly to appropriate offerings.
- To disrupt the practice of meditators by appropriating their goods, or disturb those engaged in shamatha meditation with bad rules and regulations.