Buddhist Philosophy 1.4.0
The three characteristics of an authentic teaching, one which is appropriate to make your practice successful. A teaching which you decide to practice should have three distinguishing features:
- It should have been taught by the Buddha.
- It should have been cleaned of any errors: sages must have brought the teaching to its authentic final form, having examined it to determine whether any wrong ideas crept into it after the Buddha taught it.
- It should have brought true realizations to the hearts of master practitioners, once they have heard, considered, and meditated upon it. And then it must have passed to us through the various generations of an unbroken lineage.