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Four fearlessnesses

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four fearlessnesses

(四無所畏四無畏) (Jpn shi-mushoi or shi-mui )

Four types of confidence possessed by Buddhas and bodhisattvas. The four fearlessnesses of a Buddha are distinct from those of bodhisattvas.

The four fearlessnesses of a Buddha are

(1) fearlessness in declaring oneself to be enlightened to the truth of all phenomena,
(2) fearlessness in proclaiming oneself to have extinguished all desires and illusions,
(3) fearlessness in proclaiming oneself to have elucidated the obstacles to Buddhist practice and enlightenment, and
(4) fearlessness in declaring oneself to have clarified the way of liberation from the world of suffering, and thus the way of attaining emancipation.

The four fearlessnesses of the bodhisattva are

(1) fearlessness in continually memorizing the Buddhist teachings, and in expounding the meaning of these teachings,
(2) fearlessness in perceiving the people's inherent capacities, and in expounding the teachings according to those capacities,
(3) fearlessness in resolving the people's doubts, and
(4) fearlessness in answering any question.

The term fearlessness derives from the Sanskrit word vaisharadya, and here implies dauntless courage and unwavering confidence; it is regarded as one of the virtues of Buddhas and bodhisattvas.

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sgilibrary.org





Four fearlessnesses (Tib. མི་འཇིགས་པ་བཞི) — qualities of a buddha, which are included among the twenty-one sets of immaculate qualities of the buddha's dharmakaya.

  1. fearlessness in asserting their own perfect realization
  2. fearlessness in asserting their own perfect abandonment
  3. fearlessness for the sake of others in revealing the path to liberation
  4. fearlessness for the sake of others in revealing potential hindrances on the path

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Four fearlessnesses

Special qualities of a Buddha. A fearlessness is an utterly firm, ultimate realization that is entirely free from fear in expounding Dharma.

There are four types:

(1) fearlessness in revealing the Dharma of definite emergence,
(2) fearlessness in revealing the Dharma of overcoming obstructions,
(3) fearlessness in revealing the Dharma of excellent abandonments, and
(4) fearlessness in revealing the Dharma of excellent realizations

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wisdomlib.org