Two accumulations

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Two accumulations (Skt. saṃbhāradvaya; T. tshogs gnyis ཚོགས་གཉིས་) refers to two types of qualities that are accumulated on the path of the bodhisattva. These are:[1]

  • accumulation of merit (puṇya-saṃbhāra) - has a conceptual reference point; this refers to the practice of the first five of the six paramitas, such generosity (dana) and so on.
  • accumulation of wisdom (jñāna-saṃbhāra) - has no conceptual reference point; this refers the practice of the paramita of wisdom (prajna-paramita), and to embracing one's practice with the view of emptiness (sunyata)

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Further Reading


  1. Dorje108 notes.