by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “the five strengths (pancabala)” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.
The five faculties and the five strengths come under the aggregate of volition (saṃskāraskandha), are always associated (sadāsaṃprayukta), are mental events (caitasikadharma) accompanying the mind (cittānuparivartin); they arise with the mind, endure with the mind and perish with the mind.
Footnotes and references:
There is only a difference in intensity between the five indriyas and the five balas: see above, p. 1127F; Vibhāṣā, T 1545, k. 141, p. 726b13–20: Kośa, VI, p. 286.