Perfect Enlightenment 23: Voice of Discernment
In the preceding article, Buddha described the three practices of śamatha, samāpatti and dhyāna. These practices may be distinct from one another, yet they are similar to sunlight, whether it is a beam entering a dark room through a small opening or the sun shining in an expansive open space. Ultimately, they are all pathways that lead to the same destination, just like the many roads that go to Rome.
The name of the questioning bodhisattva in this instance provides insight into the conversation taking place between them and the Buddha. Voice of Discernment’s inquiry prompts the Buddha to explore the various practical applications of the topic at hand.