oral instruction

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As for "oral instruction", there are many kinds: urging beginners to the Dharma; giving extensive instructions with words; giving profound instruction in the meaning; instructing in practice condensed to key points; and giving the pointing-out instruction in this manner of placing something directly in the palm of one's hand.

...from The Light of Wisdom, Vol. 1, pg. 34. (RY)

"Just like a huge rope lying soaked in a lake can slowly be pulled up once you get a hold of one end, the enlightenment of all the buddhas is placed in the palm of the hand of the practitioner when receiving pointing-out instruction from a qualified master and can then slowly be "pulled-in" through diligent training." (TUR)

...from The Light of Wisdom, Vol. 1, pg. 224, note 79. (RY)