|See also: Five paths|
dūraṅgamā-bhūmi (T. ring du song ba རིང་དུ་སོང་བ་; C. yuanxing di) is translated as the "far-reaching ground," "transcendent ground," etc. It is the seventh of the ten bodhisattva grounds (bhumis) according to the presentation in the Dasabhumika-sutra of the Sanskrit Mahayana tradition.
Patrul Rinpoche states:
- [At this stage], the pāramitā of skilful means is perfected. All the obscurations associated with lack of skilful means are purified.
- Twelve sets of one trillion qualities are gained, such as the ability to enter into and arise from a trillion samādhi meditations in a single instant, and so on.
- One can take birth as a ruler of Controlling Others’ Emanations.
- This seventh bhūmi is called ‘Far Progressed’, because it is advanced far beyond the state of samsara.
- These first seven bhūmis are known as the seven impure bhūmis because while we are on these stages impure appearances can still be perceived directly.
Practical Ethics states:
- Seventh ground bodhisattvas have advanced much further than sixth grounders. In one very short instant, they are able to enter into and arise from the unique absorption in cessation — emptiness — that was attained on the sixth ground. Because they excel in the practice of the perfection of skillful means, their way of entering into and arising from absorption in cessation is more adept: they can do it very quickly, and their intelligence is sharper, more proficient, and agile. Their agility in meditation resembles that of a skilled cyclist who does not wobble or become unsteady however fast he may go.
- A Brief Guide to the Stages and Paths of the Bodhisattvas, Lotsawa House
- Jampa Tegchok 2017, s.v. Chapter 13.
- Jampa Tegchok (2017), Thubten Chodron, ed., Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nargarjuna's Precious Garland, translated by Carlier, Steve, Wisdom Publications