What is the right way to understand (or apply) mirror wisdom? Is it buddha-nature, bodhisattva (ripe for awakening), or both? Is it cultivated, or does it spring up naturally with enlightenment? If it's a method, how can it be utilized to curb conceit? Is it a prerequisite for non-duality? Does it have a place in mindfulness meditation?

EDIT: from what i understand it's one of five wisdom types. that's about all i know. that and wondering about the people across from me on the subway, when i think maybe this is when i should work with the mirroring...


  • Ādarśa-jñāna
    – ChrisW
    Commented Feb 16, 2023 at 8:05
  • i have rarely heard of the word. maybe in the song of enlightenment, old chinese zen text?
    – user25078
    Commented Apr 12 at 2:21

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The Vakkali Sutta lends itself to an interpretation:

"For a long time, Lord, I have wanted to come and set eyes on the Blessed One, but I had not the strength in this body to come and see the Blessed One."

"Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma. Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma."


Mirror wisdom is when you realize reality and dūkha are two sides of the same coin. When you avoid dukkha, you avoid reality - this is fine for a lifetime, but then what? Eventually you have to settle down - like a second or third wife.

Here is a real contraction: The Benefits of Love

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