Four bases of miraculous power

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Thirty-seven factors of enlightenment
Sets of factors
1-4: Four foundations of mindfulness
5-8: Four right exertions
9-12: Four bases of miraculous power
13-17: Five spiritual faculties
18-22: Five powers
23-29: Seven aspects of enlightenment
29-35: Eightfold path
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The four bases of miraculous power (Skt. caturṛddhipāda; Tib. རྫུ་འཕྲུལ་གྱི་རྐང་པ་བཞི་, Wyl. rdzu 'phrul gyi rkang pa bzhi) are the third group of practices in the thirty-seven factors of enlightenment:

  1. chanda (Skt.; Tib. འདུན་པ་, Wyl. 'dun pa) - intention
  2. virya (Skt. vīrya; Tib. བརྩོན་འགྲུས་, Wyl. brtson 'grus) - diligence
  3. citta (Skt.; Tib. སེམས་པ་, Wyl. sems pa) - attention
  4. mīmāṃsā (Skt.; Tib. དཔྱོད་པ་, Wyl. dpyod pa) - discernment, analysis

Sanskrit tradition

Within Tibetan Buddhism, these four factors are said to be practised at the greater level of the path of accumulation. They are called bases (literally 'legs') of miraculous powers because they provide the foundation for the subsequent attainment of the six clear perceptions and so on.[1]

The Sutra of the Ten Bhumis says:

One trains in the base of miraculous powers of samadhi based on intention with the antidotes for abandoning. One remains in isolation, one remains free from attachment, and one remains in cessation and meditates on complete transformation.
It is similar for the base of miraculous powers of samadhi based on diligence with the antidotes for abandoning, the base of miraculous powers of attention with the antidotes for abandoning and the base of miraculous powers of discernment with the antidotes for abandoning.[1]

Pali tradition


Alternative translations

  • Four bases fo miraculous power (Dharmachakra, Rigpawiki)
  • Four bases of psychic powers (Buswell)
  • Four legs of miraculous action (Ranjung Yeshe wiki)
  • Four bases of success (Andy Rotman)


Further reading

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