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Three Turnings

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Buddha Shakyamuni turning the Wheel of Dharma for the first time

Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma (Skt. tridharmacakra; Tib. chö khor rimpa sum; Wyl. chos 'khor rim pa gsum) — the three major series of teachings given by the Buddha, according to the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. To 'turn the wheel of Dharma' means to teach the Dharma.

  1. The first turning took place in the Deer Park at Sarnath, Varanasi, where Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths.
  2. The intermediate turning on the absence of characteristics took place on Vulture's Peak Mountain near Rajagriha.
  3. The final turning on the complete revelation took place in Vaishali and other places and included the sutras that explain the three natures, such as the Lankavatara Sutra.

Brief Explanation of the Three Turnings

Very simply,

According to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the three turnings can be related to the following quote from the Prajñaparamita sutras:

Mind is devoid of mind. The nature of mind is clear light.”

The Nyingma View of the Three Turnings

According to the Nyingma School, the first turning is of provisional meaning, whereas the second and third turnings are both of definitive meaning.

External Links

Source

RigpaWiki:Three Turnings