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Determination is the 8th Mental Perfection:

Only determination can completely fulfill the other mental perfections!
Its characteristic is an unwavering decision, its function is to overcome
hesitation, and its manifestation is unfaltering persistence in this task...!
The proximate cause of determination is strong willpower to succeed!
Only the power of resolute determination lifts any praxis to perfection...

When the 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 that
absolutely supreme Enlightenment!" So determined did he invincibly seat
himself there, from which not even 100 earthquakes could make him waver.
Jātaka Nidāna

A female lay follower (Upāsika) at the time of the Buddha kept pure the
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 Sakka,
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.
Dhammapada 144

What is being determined by Right Motivation?
The decision for always being motivated to withdrawal,
The decision for always being motivated by good-will,
The decision for always being motivated by harmlessness,
This is being determined by Right Motivation...
Samyutta Nikāya XLV 8

My mind is firm like a rock, unattached to all sensual phenomena,
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?
Theragatha 194

The four determinations:
One should not neglect the Dhamma,
One should guard well the Truth,
One should be devoted to Withdrawal, and
One should always train only for final Peace.
Majjhima Nikāya 140

Fearing being predestined for Hell if he became a King, who had to punish
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...
The Basket of Conduct: Cariyapitaka

More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):

Decisive is Determination!

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Updated: 03 March 2017

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