Progress on the path of the Dhamma-Vinaya is gradual


“Just as, Bhikkhus, the mighty ocean deepens and slopes gradually down, hollow after hollow, not plunging by a sudden precipice – even so, Bhikkhus, in this Dhamma-Vinaya the training is gradual, progress is gradual, it goes step by step, there is no sudden penetration to insight.

Now since this is so, Bhikkhus, this is the first marvel and wonder of this Dhamma-Vinaya, seeing which again and again Bhikkhus take delight therein.”



(“Some Sayings of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon”, F.L.Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).