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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified

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He asked again, “Which is more difficult: the effort to ascend from the ordinary grade to the status of Māra defeated or the effort to ascend from the status of Māra defeated to the status of tathāgata?” The Founding Master said, “That depends on one’s spiritual capacity. Some people of the highest spiritual capacity will ascend immediately to the status of tathāgata as soon as they have defeated Māra, but those of lesser spiritual capacity may be detained for a long time even after they have ascended to the status of Māra defeated.”