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bodhisattva-bhumi Bodhisattva bhumis by Asanga [IW]
Bodhisattva Levels; Bodhisattva Bhumi; by Asanga, 4th century [RY]
Bodhisattva Bhumi; bodhisattva-bhumi, Bodhisattva Stages by Asanga [RY]
1. "The Joyous": Having tasted [[shunyata]] (see also [[emptiness]]), we are joyous. Here, the main practice is to perfect the [[Generosity]] Paramita. You might be born as a King in the Human Realm and have lots of chances to practice [[generosity]]! Now on the Path of Seeing, we can start the Path of Meditation.
2. "The Stainless": At this bhumi, the main practice is the perfection of Shila [discipline of vows, or conduct] because of which you are free of anxiety and the 3 Poisons [negative tendencies, obscurations]. You might be born as a chakravartin (King bearing the noble marks of an emperor, like Siddartha Gautama Shakya), whose power and enjoyment are challenged by the practice of discipline and precept-keeping.
3. "The Luminous": Here, we try to perfect [[Patience]] or [[equanimity]]. This is the source of the [[luminosity]]. You might be born as Indra, King of gods, who is called Shakra, -- opposer of the [[Asuras]].
4. "The Radiant": After the 3rd Bhumi, the [[Nirmanakaya]] aspect of [[Buddhahood]] has been perfected. But there are two more [[Kaya]]s, therefore, the Paramita to perfect here is that of Exertion (or Diligence). This activity in the service of virtue creates a radiance of [[wisdom]] which burns away false concepts and the process of false conceptualization. Here, you might be reborn as Shyama, a deity in the "Continuous Peaceful Realm").
5. "The Unconquerable": Driven by exertion, you perfect dhyana [meditation] and other [[skillful means]] in preparation for the helping of all sentient beings. The word unconquerable refers to both the difficulty of achieving the state of dhyani and the state of the being having now achieved this goal. Now it is possible to be born as a god in the [[Tushita]] Heavens where you can observe the [[Six Realms]] and the interplay of dharmas.
6. "The Manifest": The intense practice of [[dhyana]]  and other skills enables you to be reborn as a God-king who can manifest miraculous activity. The Paramita of [[Prajna]] is to be perfected.
7. "The Gone-Afar": Having perfected the [[Six Paramitas]], we now possess both wisdom and skill. This is a plateau below which you will not fall from, but there is still room for effort.
In the 10 Paramita system, the perfection is that of [[Skillful Means]] needed to overcome [[Mara]] who provides opportunities for others to act in opposition.
It is said that once the 7th Bhumi is attained, the Buddhas prophesize concerning your achieving [[Buddhahood]], and will indicate your Buddha-Name and circumstances.
In a former life, Lord Shakyamuni received this prophecy after having presented 4 golden flowers to the Buddha of that [[aeon]] .
8. "The Immovable": At the Eighth Bhumi, you can enter [[Nirvana]] at the snap of a finger; so [[Tathagata]]s come and click you out of it, reminding you of your [[aspiration]] and the work still ahead. But they cannot force you to remain, therefore the virtue is that of firmness of [[Aspiration]].
You might be reborn as [[Brahma]], Lord of the Universe.
9. "The Good-Wisdom": Almost ready for [[Buddhahood]], you practice the acquisition of the Ten Powers and Six Supernatural Powers. You might also be reborn as Brahma.
10. "The Dharma-Cloud": All the [[Buddha]]s and [[Bodhisattva]]s rejoice in your elation at having attained Buddhahood completely. [[Primordial awareness]] [dhyani/jnana] clears away whatever subtle [[defilement]]s and tendencies might still be retained. You, like Lord [[Maitreya]] in the Tushita Heavens, await your turn. This is also the beginning of the Path of Non-Meditation.
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