Five paths 五道
- 資糧道 the path of accumulation (Skt. sambhāramārga)
- 加行道 the path of joining (also called 'engagement' or 'junction') (Skt. prayogamārga)
- 見道 the path of seeing (or 'insight') (Skt. darśanamārga)
- 修道 the path of meditation (or 'cultivation') (Skt. bhāvanāmārga)
- 無學道 the path of no-more-learning (Skt. aśaikṣamārga)
These five paths incorporate the entire spiritual journey, as described in the Mahayana, from its very beginnings with the taking of the bodhisattva vow and the generation of relative bodhichitta, up until its culmination at the stage of complete enlightenment.
It is said in the pith instructions that the path of accumulation is the stage of understanding, the path of joining is the stage of experience, and the path of seeing is the stage of realization.