peak stage ［頂位・頂法］ ( chō-i or chō-hō): Also, peak method. The second of the four good roots, or the four stages of Hinayana practice that immediately precede the higher stage called the way of insight. In the peak stage, one obtains the highest of the “unsettled good roots.” Though one may possibly regress from the peak stage, even if one should do so and fall into hell, the good roots developed in that stage cannot be erased. After having reached the stages of the four good roots, one proceeds to the way of insight, or the first of the three ways, in which one beholds the four noble truths. The second of the three ways is the way of practice, and the third and last is the way of the arhat. See also four good roots.