Ten advantages

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The ten advantages (Tib. འབྱོར་བ་བཅུ་, jorwa chu, Wyl. ‘byor ba bcu) of having a precious human birth are identified within some Tibetan Buddhist ngondro practices. There are five circumstantial advantages and five personal advantages.

The Five Circumstantial Advantages

  1. a buddha has come
  2. he has taught the Dharma
  3. the teachings have survived
  4. there are followers of the teachings
  5. there are favourable conditions for Dharma practice

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The Five Personal Advantages

  1. being a human being
  2. born in a central land
  3. with faculties intact
  4. lifestyle not harmful or wrong
  5. with faith in the three pitakas

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