- painful practice with slow progress,
- painful practice with quick progress,
- pleasant practice with slow progress,
- pleasant practice with quick progress.
|Surgery will do what karma didn't.|
- the power of confidence (verifiable faith)
- the power of conscience
- the power of concern
- the power of persistence (effort)
- the power of wisdom (insight)
- the faculty of confidence (conviction)
- the faculty of persistence (effort)
- the faculty of mindfulness
- the faculty of concentration
- the faculty of wisdom —
|I got old so fast and now I'm trans.|
|It's hard to mask beauty, which shines through.|
|When I turn inwards, bring attention to the internal experience of thing, it all becomes clear.|
|Equanimity (impartiality) is sublime.|
1: According to the Commentary, this means the "immediacy" or concentration forming the Path. This is an apparent reference to a passage in Sn 2.1: "What the excellent Enlightened One extolled as pure and called the concentration of unmediated [immediate] knowing, no equal to that concentration is to be found. This, too, is a excellent treasure in the Dharma. By this truth may there be well-being."
2: Because the description of pleasant practice here contains the standard meditative absorption (jhana) formula, while the description of painful practice contains no mention of absorption, some writers have taken this as evidence that there is an alternative path to enlightenment that does not involve the jhanas. However, this reading ignores the description of how painful practice and pleasant practice can yield either slow or fast realization. Insight comes slowly when the Five Faculties are present in a weak form and quickly when they are present in an intense form. But in both cases the faculty of concentration — which is defined by the standard formula of the absorptions (SN 48.10) — has to be present for the ending of the defilements. Because this is true both for painful and pleasant practice, both sorts of practice need absorption (jhana) in order to succeed.