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It rises with firmness because it is not anxious to argue with opponents. It is unassailable by any of the Evil Ones. "It is solid because it masters perfectly all roots of virtue. It is permanent because it knows well that all composite things are impermanent. It rises without hesitation because it embraces correctly all teachings of the Buddha. It is without distress because it uses no false powers. It rises continually because it is unshakeable. lt is like a diamond cutting through all appearances.

It rises without hindrance because of its equipment of Insight. [290a] 48 A LAMP FOR THE PATH AND COMMENTARY "Because it has amassed great Love, it rises without ill-will. Because it has amassed great Compassion, it rises with firm roots. Because it has amassed great Joy, it abides in delight and gladness and supreme joy. In its grea:t Equanimity, it is undisturbed by either happiness or suffering. "It is blessed with the benediction of the Buddha. Its method is constant because of the unbroken ranks [of believers] in the Three Jewels.

Like a cyclone because it scatters all the veils of obscuration. It is like a motto because it summarises all the· resolves and practices of a bodhisattva. Like a shrine for all the worlds of gods and men and demigods. These are the qualiti'es of the Enlightenment Thought, 0 Noble Youth, and it has infinite variety of other attributes too. " 9 In accord with this passage are the words I quoted [in Stanzas 14-17] from the Questions of the Householder Vlradatta, and they shc:mld be considered here also.

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