djlewis wrote:Great... very helpful... thanks.
So "method" is basically the "means" in "skillful means". And the "skillful" is "kusala", which has many positive connotations, including "meritorious".
I'm still interested to know how the English "method" got started and became so widespread, at least in "method and wisdom". I don't think I have ever seen "means and wisdom".
Hmmm... I mostly hear skillful means and wisdom. These terms are used a lot in Vajrayana Buddhism in several different contexts all related to the dynamic between the masculine and feminine wisdom principles. I don't know how the terms are used in the Mahayana.
In general, it's good to learn common terms in Tibetan to avoid the confusion that comes from reading different translations of the same terms. It's actually much simpler that way.