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Skilful Means

A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism

Skilful Means by Michael Pye
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'Skilful Means' is the key principle of Mahayana, one of the great Buddhist traditions. First described in the Lotus Sutra, it originates in myths of the Buddha's compassionate plans for raising life from the ceaseless round of birth and death. His strategies or interventions are 'skilful means' - morally wholesome tricks devised for the purpose of enabling nirvana or enlightenment. Michael Pye's clear and engaging introductory guide investigates the meaning and context of skilful means in Mayahana Buddhist teachings, whilst tracing its early origins in ancient Japanese and Theravada thought. First published in 1978, and still the best explanation of the concept, it illuminates a core working philosophy essential for any complete understanding of Buddhism.
Taylor and Francis; August 2004
213 pages; ISBN 9781134380626
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Title: Skilful Means
Author: Michael Pye
 
ISBNs
0203503791
9780203503799
9780415314275
9781134380626
9781134380633