The Four Mainstays are the combinatory pattern that gives us a way to live everyday life. It’s as simple as that: a way to live everyday life. The Four Mainstays are a lifestyle. A lifestyle is a way of life; it’s a way to live everyday life. All of us, whether we know it or not, we’re choosing a lifestyle, and we’re using all of these four skillful means either in the reification of data or in getting acquainted with our power of great benefit that is so natural in each moment.