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Five paths
(tib.: lam nga) It refers to paths or stages along which beings progress to liberation and enlightenment:
1. path of accumulation (tib.: tsog lam) - we reach it when we realize renunciation and Bodhicitta (the latter in case of Mahayana path of accumulation);
2. path of preparation (tib.: jor lam) - deepening our understanding of reality and emptiness;
3. path of seeing (tib.: tong lam) - see emptiness directly and become Arya;
4. path of meditation (tib.: gom lam) - using insight gained in path of seeing we remove obscurations even further. In case of Mahayana path, we progress from first to tenth bhumi;
5. path of no more learning (tib.: mi lob lam) - achievement of Nirvana (Hinayana path) or Buddhahood (Mahayana path). We become Arhat (Hinayana path) or Buddha (Mahayana path).

There are three different sets of five paths: five paths of Mahayana, five paths of Hinayana hearers and five paths of Hinayana solitary-realizers.

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"This world we see is a painting born from the brush of discursive thought, and within it or upon it nothing truly existent can be found. All things in samsara and nirvana are but mental labels and projections. Knowing this one knows reality; seeing this one sees most true."
- 2nd Dalai Lama

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