The Bodhi Way (三乘菩提)



Eight Brothers in English version Video
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"With the power of skillful means,
I have revealed the Dharma of three vehicles;
Yet all the World-Honored Ones
Teach the One Vehicle way.

Now everyone in this great assembly
Should rid themselves of doubt.
The Buddhas do not differ in their claim
That there is only One Vehicle, not two.
. . . .

All these World-Honored Ones
Have taught the Dharma of One Vehicle,
Transforming countless living beings,
Enabling them to enter the Buddha way.

Moreover, all the great saints
Knowing the deepest desires of all the gods,
Humans, and other beings of all the worlds,
Have still other skillful means to further clarify the ultimate truth."
The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classics.
[Reeves, G. (2008).Boston: Wisdom Publications, p. 91]
《妙法蓮華經》卷1〈方便品 2〉(CBETA, T09, no. 262, p. 8, b27-c9)

"All Buddhas achieved Buddhahood by practicing the bodhisattva way. There will never be a Buddha who attained Buddhahood by practicing the ways of the solitary-realizers or hearers. Since all Buddhas practiced the bodhisattva way, the cultivation of which leads to the attainment of the Buddha Bodhi, what they have realized is most certainly the teaching of the One Vehicle, i.e., the single Buddha Vehicle. Since what they have realized is the teaching of the single Buddha Vehicle, which is the path toward the attainment of the Buddha Bodhi, when they manifest in the human world they will certainly expound this One Vehicle. But because it is difficult for sentient beings in the impure world of five turbidities to accept the teaching of the One Vehicle, Buddhas apply their skill in means to demonstrate and reveal three separate Vehicles. Yet, in the end, they will always expound the one and only Buddha Vehicle, and would not depart from the human world after teaching only the two lesser Vehicles."
A Discourse on the Lotus Sutra, Vol. 3, pp.129-130.


The Eight Brothers (Bulgarian Version) Осемте братя


Video Book|The Eight Brothers (Chinese Version) 八個兄弟共一胎


Written based on Xuanzang’s (玄奘) doctrinal expositions, this book “The Eight Brothers” is meant to introduce to readers of all ages and backgrounds the Buddhist doctrine of eight consciousnesses. Among the eight consciousnesses, the eighth (ālaya; 阿賴耶) consciousness is the central and foundational Buddhist tenet and the permanent true mind Buddhist disciples seek awakening to. In Buddhist scriptures, it is also called the maturational consciousness (vipākavijñāna; 異熟識), the immaculate consciousness (amalavijñāna; 無垢識), and the tathāgatagarbha (如來藏). Chan Buddhism alludes to it as one’s original face before birth, one’s native scenery, no-mind (the mind that does not see, hear, feel or know), the true mind, the diamond mind, Buddha, Dharma, the Mo Xie blade, and so forth. (Part 1)


Brief Introduction : Journey to the East: The Bloom of Buddhism in China
(Engish Version)


Journey to the East: Bloom of Buddhism in China (English subtitles)
Episode 1: Treasury of the True Dharma Eye 正法眼藏 涅槃妙心


The Eight Brothers (Audio-version in French)


Xuanzang, one of the most illustrious Buddhist masters in Chinese history, attained awakening to the eighth consciousness (tathāgatagarbha) in his teens. In order to learn about the post-awakening cultivation stages toward Buddhahood, he took a perilous journey to India to seek the original scriptures that shed light on this subject. One of the key Sanskrit texts he sought was the Treatise on the Stages of Yogic Practice (Yogācārabhūmiśāstra; a.k.a. Treatise on the Seventeen Stages). During his stay in India, King Harsha invited Xuanzang to host a public religious debate. With his remarkable eloquence, Xuanzang won the debate and made his name known throughout the five Indian kingdoms. He was honored as the “deity of liberation” and the “deity of Mahayana Ultimate Truth” by Buddhists and heretics alike. Having acquired penetrative insights into Buddhist doctrines, Xuanzang translated an enormous amount of Sanskrit scriptures into Chinese after his return to China and authored the Treatise on the Establishment of Consciousness-Only(成唯識論) and Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses(八識規矩頌) to articulate the self-nature of the eight consciousnesses. His profound and eloquent expositions continue to be read with admiration to this day. (Part 2)


Xuanzang was not the only practitioner in Chinese Buddhist history to have awakened to the eighth consciousness. The patriarchs of Chinese Chan tradition also attained the same awakening. Bodhidharma affirmed the second Chan patriarch Huike’s awakening to the eighth consciousness with the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra. The fifth patriarch Hongren verified the sixth patriarch Huineng’s awakening to the eighth consciousness with the Diamond Sūtra, upon which Huineng exclaimed:
Who could have thought that the self-nature is intrinsically uncreated and
unceasing! Who could have thought that the self-nature can give rise to all

In the Song Dynasty, Chan masters Dahui Zonggao and Hongzhi Zhengjue began to teach the Dharma after attaining direct realization of the eighth consciousness. They respectively advocated the method of kanhua Chan (Chan of meditation on critical phrase) and mozhao Chan (Chan of silent illumination). The two masters became lifelong friends because of having achieved awakening to the eighth consciousness. (Part 3)


The Eight Brothers (Audio-version in Spanish)


The Eight Wondrous Minds
According to Buddha Shakyamuni, every person relies on eight distinct consciousnesses to live a normal life. Turn the pages and find out who they are.


Translated by the English Translation Team of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation. Closed Captions (subtitles) enabled.
Journey to the East (1) Treasure of the true dharma-eye, the wondrous mind of nirvana


Translated by the English Translation Team of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation. Closed Captions (subtitles) enabled.
Journey to the East (2) Deity of the ultimate truth, Master Xuanzang


In Tibet the two great masters of the Jonang tradition, Dölpopa Shérap Gyeltsen and Tāranātha, also attained awakening to the eighth consciousness. Based upon their realizations, Dölpopa expounded the doctrine of “other-emptiness” in his influential exposition Mountain Doctrine while Tāranātha discoursed on the same subject in his work Essence of Other-Emptiness, among many others.

In contrast to the uncreated and unceasing eighth consciousness, the mental consciousness is a phenomenon with origination and cessation—it will cease during deep sleep, fainting, the absorption of nonperception (無想定), the absorption of cessation (滅盡定), and complete death. It does not come from a previous life and cannot persist to future lives. The sixth (mental) consciousness can only arise from the eighth consciousness in dependence on two necessary conditions: the mental faculty (manas-consciousness) and the mental objects. These properties of the mental consciousness were affirmed by Buddha Shakyamuni and can be directly perceived by all enlightened persons. (Part 4)


Translated by the English Translation Team of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation. Closed Captions (subtitles) enabled.
Journey to the East (3) The Foundation of the Great Vehicle: Consciousness-Only True Cognition