Determination is the
8th Mental Perfection:
Only determination can completely fulfill the other mental
Its characteristic is an unwavering decision, its function is to overcome
hesitation, and its manifestation is unfaltering persistence in this
The proximate cause of determination is strong willpower to succeed!
power of resolute determination lifts any praxis to perfection...
future Buddha placed
his back against the trunk of the Bodhi
Tree, he right there made this mighty decision:
"Let just the blood
and flesh of this body dry up and let the skin and sinews
fall from the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained
absolutely supreme Enlightenment!" So determined did he invincibly seat
himself there, from which not even 100 earthquakes could make him waver.
A female lay follower (Upāsika) at the time of the Buddha kept
precepts, comprehended the nature of impermanence, the consequent
fragility of the body, and thereby won stream-entry (Sotāpanna)...
After passing away, she re-arose as the favourite attendant of
the king of Gods. Reviewing her own merit, she remembered her prior
admonition to herself:
"Let this body break up as it may, herein will not be any excuse or
relaxation of the effort...!"
Whose mind is like a rock,
determined, unwavering, immovable,
without a trace of lust of urging towards
all the attractions,
without a trace of aversion of pushing away all the repulsive,
from what, can such a refined mind ever suffer?
Udana IV - 4
Using the tools of Faith, Morality, Effort, Determination, Meditation and
true Understanding of the Dhamma, one gradually perfects first knowing
and then behaviour. So well equipped and always aware, one becomes capable
What is being determined by Right Motivation?
The decision for always being motivated to withdrawal,
decision for always being motivated by good-will,
decision for always being motivated by harmlessness,
This is being determined by Right Motivation...
Samyutta Nikāya XLV
My mind is firm like a rock,
unattached to sensual things,
not shaking in the midst of a
world, where all is decaying and vanishing...
My mind has thus been well developed, so how can suffering ever touch me?
The four determinations:
One should not neglect the Dhamma,
One should guard well the Truth,
One should be devoted to Withdrawal, and
always train only for final Peace.
Majjhima Nikāya 140
Fearing being predestined for Hell if he became a King, who had
criminals violently, the Bodhisatta determined not to show any intelligence,
and played dumb, deaf and crippled for sixteen years, only showing his real
abilities, when he was on the verge of being buried alive!
This was his ultimate perfection of resolute determination...
Basket of Conduct: Cariyapitaka
More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):