lit. 'fruit'. -
1. result, effect (often together
with hetu, cause );
2. benefit (e.g. in Sāmañña-phala Sutta, 'The
Results, or Benefits, of Recluseship'; D.2).
As 'path-result', or 'fruition', it denotes those moments of
supermundane consciousness which flash forth immediately after the moment of
path-consciousness (s. ariya-puggala) and which, till the attainment of
the next higher path, may during the practice of insight (vipassanā, q.v.)
still recur innumerable times. If thus repeated, they are called the 'attainment
of fruition (phalasamāpatti), which is explained in detail in Vis.M.