方 (1) To make even. (2) To compare. (3) Square. Right, correct. (4) Direction; the four cardinal directions. (5) A place, a location. (6) A method, a way, a principle. A technique; a formula. (7) There; in that place; at that time. In that. Now. [Buddhism] (1) One of the twenty-four elemental constructs 百法 not concomitant with mind in the theory of the Consciousness-only 唯識 school. (2) The ten directions of north, south, east and west, plus the four intermediate directions, as well as the zenith and nadir. Since material existence occupies space, these directions are provisionally established on their mutual relationship. (3) An expedient method; a means of remedying the desire and ignorance possessed by sentient beings. (4) In the preface to his commentary on the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment 圓覺經説誼, Kihwa 己和 defines 方 as the self-corrective practices to engaged in by the religious aspirant. After sufficient self-achievement 自利, one may then engage in the work of spreading the dharma to others, a concept represented by the ideograph 廣.
Square; place; correct; a means, plan, prescription; then, now, just.