Is 'impermanence' skillful means?
Wikipedia's definition of "Skillful means" says:
The implication [of skillful means] is that even if a technique, view, etc., is not ultimately "true" in the highest sense, it may still be an expedient practice to perform or view to hold; i.e., it may bring the practitioner closer to the true realization in a similar way.
And of Impermanance:
The doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is "transient, evanescent, inconstant". All temporal things, whether material or mental, are compounded objects in a continuous change of condition, subject to decline and destruction.
I think that, for some Mahayana schools, everything is skillful means. So is the doctrine of impermanence "skillful means" too?
I am looking for an answer which:
- Says yes or no (and explains why)
- References a sastra or sutra (if there is one) which claims or implies this answer
- Preferably, also, explains what (if any) bearing that may have to understanding any other doctrine: such as anatta; voidness; or the buddha-nature.