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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
buddhadharma| 45 |summer 2007 knows where the path is. This may be likened to traveling on a dark road on a very dark night. All of a sudden there is a bolt of lightning, and for a split second you see the road before you, bright and clear. But seeing the road is not the same as having finished the journey. You still need to travel on to the end. In a simi lar manner, seeing your selfnature, you may have gained a little bit of wisdom but you still need to practice. The next step is to deepen your samadhi, to culti vate dhyana. So the four steps to magical power is really an analogy for the stages of meditative concentration. Conclusion Practicing any one of the concentrations is a great benefit, but the greatest benefit would be to practice all four of the rid dhis. Once you have established a firm footing in one of the riddhis, it is easier to move on to the next. When you have mastered the four steps to magical pow ers, the next stage is to fully embark on the path of the bodhisattvas and bud dhas. I have talked a lot about supernat ural powers but mainly to make it clear that the attainment of such powers is not the purpose of dhyana. The true magical power of dhyana is in attaining the path of the bodhisattvas and buddhas. That is what is really useful. © dharMa druM publiCations rYanzoghlin