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The realization of the Three Dharma-Seals can bring forth in a Mahayana bodhisattva the insightful samadhi of liberation with regard to the overall reality of the three realms, together with the wisdom of true reality and the prajna wisdom. The level of the Three Samadhis he has realized thus surpasses the ones realized by sound-hearers.
We can understand from the basic principle mentioned above that the realization of the Three Dharma-Seals will bring forth the Three Samadhis, for the realization of the Three Dharma-Seals will bring out some sort of conviction with respect to the dharma-realm [dharmadhatu].
What kind of conviction is this? It’s a decisive and unwavering understanding about the overall appearance (characteristics) of the dharma-realm, which will bring forth wisdom. Insomuch as such understanding and wisdom are unshakeable and will bring about one’s correct insight of liberation with conviction, one is said to have attained the samadhi of liberation. Thus, the Three Dharma-Seals is actually the Three Samadhis and vice versa. The Three Samadhis refer to the conviction (which corresponds with the mental function of concentration) that is brought about by personal realization of the Three Dharma-Seals.
Now that you understand why the Three Dharma-Seals are called the Three Samadhis and the Three Liberation Ways, I’ll give a detailed discussion of the Three Dharma-Seals.
To help you better understand the content of the Three Dharma-Seals, I’ll divide them into two types: among the Three Dharma-Seals (“all formations are impermanent, all dharmas are of no-self, and nirvana is tranquility”), we can begin with observing the ones about all formations and all dharmas.
What these two dharma-seals underscore is the immensity of the number of dharmas and therefore they can be grouped as one type. “Nirvana is tranquility” is the second type of dharma-seal because it does not concern an amount but point to the existence of a particular dharma. Therefore, we can group the Three Dharma-Seals into two types: one refers to all formations and all dharmas, which are dharmas of an arising-and-ceasing nature, whereas the nirvana is the second type and refers to a dharma of a neither-arising-nor-ceasing nature, one that is characterized by no birth, no cessation, coolness, realness, everlasting and unchangeable.
I have to remind again, the most important thing in learning Buddhist teachings is that the Buddha dharmas should be put together, from the start to the end that all have to be fitted into a whole picture. Like a complete jigsaw puzzle, instead of bits and pieces. Otherwise there will be no true wisdom in it. (Part 3)