Chapter 42. The Equation of Resolution
Resolution or adhisthana is one of the ten perfections in Buddhism which one has to cultivate and fulfill in order to be qualified for enlightenment. In a common sense, resolution or adhisthana means ‘wishing’ which one makes to direct one’s pursuit of perfections.
In Dhammonomics, we clarify and classify resolution further to ‘decode’ the philosophy behind it. Generally speaking, resolution can be divided into:
(1) Supramundane wish such as the wish for enlightenment and Sainthood
(2) Mundane wish such as the wish for wealth, fame, and love
When one makes a supramundane and/or virtuous wish during merit making such as donating, chanting, or helping the poor, one’s mind become more wholesome. As such, one earns additional merit energy from having a righteous view & intent expressed in the form of resolution. This kind of merit attributes to resolution perfection.
On the contrary, one who makes a mundane wish which may be neutral and/or unwholesome consequently earns no additional merit from having righteous view & intent. Thus, one’s resolution perfection is not cultivated, accumulated, and perfected.
Other than the merit earned from having meritorious wish, resolution partially or totally spends our merit earned from meritorious deeds such as donating, observing precept, and meditating. This occurs when our personal ‘transcendental nurturer’ reports and inputs the intensity of our thought, speech, and action involving in a meritorious deed to the Machine of Element & Essence which calculates the merit energy to be transferred back and set karmic programmes for each merit maker. As such, a part or the total volume of merit energy is used in this process whereas the rest is transferred to the merit maker.
In the case that a merit maker uses vijja or meditation to make resolution, more merit can be used for programming karmic fruitions because of the intensity of mental power from a focused mind which is taken as a factor for calculation. Also, if a merit maker exercises vijja to program the karmic fruitions by oneself, the merit energy earned is used, more or less, directly by the merit maker.
According to our equation of resolution perfection, the perfected merit from resolution equals to the wholesome wishes which make merit maker’s view and intent righteous. This can be expressed in the form of (i) thought (ii) speech and (iii) action, in the process of wish-making. Then, the fraction is to the power of (a) supramundane wish(which increases and spends merit at the same time), added and subtracted, more or less, by (b) mundane wish (which spends merit only). Thus, we divide the function by the value of commitment of perfection (perfectiony) where y1 = regular commitment, y2 = selfly commitment, and y3 = life commitment.
In conclusion, we can see that resolution making can allow us to, both, earn and use merit. This chapter of Dhammonomics helps us to understand better so we can control the co-factors in order to better off in pursuit of perfections in spite of running into a merit deficit or becoming unsuccessful in pursuance where our wishes do not come true.
By Pirajak Tisuthiwongse
(pen-name: Pittaya Wong)
Dhammonomist & Vijja Scholar
8 April 2022