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    The methods adopted to instruct people and lead them to enlightenment. The concept of expedient means is highly regarded in Mahayana Buddhism, especially in the Lotus Sutra, as represented by its second chapter titled "Expedient Means." This is because expedient means are skillfully devised and employed by Buddhas and bodhisattvas to lead the people to salvation. According to the Lotus Sutra, the three vehicles of the voice-hearer, cause-awakened one, and bodhisattva are provisional teachings and expedient means designed to lead people to the one Buddha vehicle, or the teaching that leads all people to Buddhahood. The teaching that directly reveals the truth of enlightenment is called the true teaching, while the teachings that are expounded in accordance with the people's capacity and as a temporary means of leading people to the truth are called expedient teachings or provisional teachings. See also three expedient means.
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The methods adopted to instruct [[people]] and lead them to [[enlightenment]]. The {{Wiki|concept}} of [[expedient means]] is highly regarded in [[Mahayana Buddhism]], especially in the [[Lotus Sutra]], as represented by its second chapter titled "[[Expedient Means]]." This is because [[expedient means]] are skillfully devised and employed by [[Buddhas]] and [[bodhisattvas]] to lead the [[people]] to {{Wiki|salvation}}. According to the [[Lotus Sutra]], the [[three vehicles]] of the [[voice-hearer]], [[cause-awakened one]], and [[bodhisattva]] are [[provisional teachings]] and [[expedient means]] designed to lead [[people]] to the one [[Buddha vehicle]], or the [[teaching]] that leads all [[people]] to [[Buddhahood]]. The [[teaching]] that directly reveals the [[truth]] of [[enlightenment]] is called the [[true teaching]], while the teachings that are expounded in accordance with the people's capacity and as a temporary means of leading [[people]] to the [[truth]] are called expedient teachings or [[provisional teachings]]. See also three [[expedient means]].
 
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Expedient means
方便 (Skt, Pali upaya; Jpn hoben )

The methods adopted to instruct people and lead them to enlightenment. The concept of expedient means is highly regarded in Mahayana Buddhism, especially in the Lotus Sutra, as represented by its second chapter titled "Expedient Means." This is because expedient means are skillfully devised and employed by Buddhas and bodhisattvas to lead the people to salvation. According to the Lotus Sutra, the three vehicles of the voice-hearer, cause-awakened one, and bodhisattva are provisional teachings and expedient means designed to lead people to the one Buddha vehicle, or the teaching that leads all people to Buddhahood. The teaching that directly reveals the truth of enlightenment is called the true teaching, while the teachings that are expounded in accordance with the people's capacity and as a temporary means of leading people to the truth are called expedient teachings or provisional teachings. See also three expedient means.

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