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8 A third approach, which will be examined in this essay, is to say something which is positive but false, or at least not entirely true. We might call this the upayic method, since it uses upayakaufa/ya (skilful means). Upaya is well known in Mahayana Buddhism, but it is not so well known that, at least at one point in its history, Christianity employed a similar technique, which has come to be known as the economic method. 9 Economy, for the Christians of Alexandria in the third century CE, existed in tension with 'reserve' or 'the discipline of the secret' 4 5 6 7 8 9 Draft translation by Richard Robinson, privately circulated.

26 24 25 Newman, Arians of the Fourth Century, 78. Dulton and Chadwick, Alexandrian Christianity, 126f. 9). Newman's translation more clearly brings out the distinction between an economy and a deceit: "he will lie, or rather utter a lie as the Sophists say," Newman, Arians of the Fourth Century, 74. 19). 27 The children became ill after playing with their father's medicine cabinet while he was away. On his return he made antidotes, and the less severely affected children took them and were cured.

In order to focus the discussion, special attention will be paid to upiiya as it is taught in the Lotus Satra (Saddharmapul1Qar'ikasatra) and to economy as it is described in the Miscellanies (Stromateis) of Clement of Alexandria and in Origen's Reply to Celsus (Contra Celsum). We will first discuss the notion that some texts in both Buddhism and Christianity are intentionally vague, and look at how this obscurity is supposed to uncover the truth by means of parables and similes. Then, we will note how these 'false truths' are arranged, for both traditions, in grades, with a corresponding list of graded auditors.

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