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In the Dharma Flower Sutra the Buddha reveals that his three teachings -- the Shravaka vehicle that leads to Arhatship, the Pratyekabuddha-vehicle that leads to Pratyekabuddhahood, and the Bodhisattva-vehicle that traverses the stages (Ten Grounds - Dasha Bhumi) of the Bodhisattva Path -- are all provisional, expedient (upaya paramita dharma) teachings. They lead to fruitions that have no reality in themselves. There is only one reality, and that is Buddhahood.
'It's like taking some milk and dividing it into three different glasses. Three people could each drink one glass, or one person could drink all three glasses, and it would be the same. It's just that if his or her capacity was not that great it might burst his or her stomach. And so the Buddha starts by dividing things up into smaller amounts for you, and when you've polished that much off, he pours you out some more. That's just what's going on.' (FAS-PII(1) 249)
(Source: Epstein, 2003: p. 202)
1) Chinese Mandarin: san cheng ; 2) Sanskrit: triyana; 3) Pali: -----.
See also: Two Truths, Dharma Flower Sutra - One Vehicle (Ekayana), Mahayana and Hinayana Compared, bodhi, bodhi resolve (Bodhichitta), Three Principle Aspects of the Path, Bodhisattva, Shravaka (lacks Bodhichitta initially), Arhat (Hearer, Auditor lacks Bodhichitta initially), Pratyekabuddha (Solitary Enlightened One), enlightenment, Eighty-Eight Deluded Viewpoints, Eighty-One Cognitive Delusions, Two Vehicles, Bodhisattva, Theravada School.
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