"Eleven Vehicles"

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"Eleven Vehicles"

Post by Seeker12 » Tue May 22, 2018 9:41 pm

In Padmasambhava's "Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness", when discussing 'the nature of mind', he says,

"And as for it being something desirable, it is cherished alike in the Eleven Vehicles."

What are the eleven vehicles? I'm guessing something like the 9 Buddhist vehicles plus the vehicles of gods and men, or something along those lines? Usually that seems to be lumped into a single vehicle, which would make 10...

Thanks for any input.
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Re: "Eleven Vehicles"

Post by Virgo » Tue May 22, 2018 10:56 pm

It's a Tibetan dozen? :shrug:


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Re: "Eleven Vehicles"

Post by dzogchungpa » Tue May 22, 2018 11:12 pm

In a footnote to his commentary, Reynolds says regarding this expression:
Here, with respect to these Eleven Vehicles (theg-pa bcu-gcig), the meaning is not quite certain since the usual system is that of Nine Vehicles (theg-pa dgu) as outlined previously. Occasionally a tenth vehicle is distinguished, the Vehicle of Gods and Men (lha mi’i theg-pa), where the principal teaching is morality and the law of karma. This vehicle is enumerated before that of the Śrāvakas. Also the vehicle of Atiyoga is sometimes subdivided into three: Ati, sPyi-ti, and Yang-ti. These last two added to the usual nine would give eleven vehicles.
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