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Posted by Richard Ruquist on December 23, 2000 18:20:01 UTC

The Buddha in chapter 2 of the Lotus Sutra distinguishes between the Law of Three and the Law of One. The law of one in his words is the highest law. However, he was unable to teach it to his disciples because of their limitations.

So he finally decided to continue teaching the law of three as all other Buddhas had done in the past. This decision is called the law of expediency- to teach on the level of the persons being taught. When he made this decision, the past Buddhas from all ten directions appeared to him exclaiming that he had now reached the highest. This is all in chapter 2 of the Lotus Sutra.

The message I get from this is that it is more than acceptable to teach on any level by any means. So there is no one way as our Buddhist friend is trying to convince us. Of course, that is just his level and apparently it works for him.

Essentially the law of expediency, which is the cornerstone of the Lotus Sutra, frees us from any dogma. There is not just one way. There is only one highest realization which the Buddha attained but could not express.

Hope this answers your question adequately.

Richard

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