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Two kinds of wisdom-knowledge
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two kinds of wisdom-knowledge (二智). There are several pairs, such as true wisdom-knowledge (實智) and applied wisdom-knowledge (權智); root wisdom-knowledge (根本智) and consequent wisdom-knowledge (後得智); overall wisdom-knowledge (一切智) and knowledge of all knowledge (一切種智). True wisdom-knowledge, root wisdom-knowledge, and overall wisdom-knowledge are synonyms, all pertaining to knowledge of the true reality of dharmas, which is emptiness. Applied wisdom-knowledge, also called facilitation wisdom-knowledge (方便智), pertains to knowledge of skillful means to train oneself and deliver sentient beings. True wisdom-knowledge is the essence, and applied wisdom-knowledge is its usage. Consequent wisdom-knowledge pertains to knowledge of all varieties of dharmas, consequent to acquiring the root wisdom-knowledge (see “knowledge of all knowledge” in “three kinds of wisdom-knowledge”).