There are hundreds of benefits gained from developing wisdom through meditation. A brief summary of these benefits is:
- 1. The Destruction of Defilements,
- 2. Attaining the Taste of the Noble Fruits,
- 3. The Ability to Enter the Attainment of Cessation,
- 4. Attaining Noble Qualities such as Being Worthy of Gifts.
The Destruction of Defilements
Destruction of defilements is gained from discerning mind and matter as they really are. Knowledge of mentality and materiality begin with the benefits of developing worldly wisdom, but destruction of deep defilements and fetters such as False Self Concept (sakkayadihi) as well as attainment of the Path are the benefits of developing Supra-mundane wisdom.
Here are some similes showing how insight wisdom (vipassanapañña) is able to destroy defilements:
- 1. Like a lightning bolt that strikes a rock breaking it into fragments,
- 2. Like a fi re that consumes the forest,
- 3. Like a ray of sunlight that destroys darkness.
The benefits of insight wisdom can be achieved and enjoyed only by the one who has developed them.
Attaining the taste of the Noble Fruits
Attaining the taste of the Noble Fruits is also a benefit of developing insight wisdom. This is gained at two stages: When Noble Path consciousness arises and when Noble Fruit consciousness or cessation occurs. The Noble Fruit is the highest benefit of the Path. It has the eternal dhamma of Nibbana (Nirvana) as its object. It is a benefit of the highest and purest happiness, like tasting honey mixed with elixir.
The Ability to Enter Attainment of Cessation
Lord Buddha said:
Due to the wise causing Noble Wisdom [Noble Path and Fruit] to arise [through concentration and insight meditation], one enters the most refined attainment (samapatti) that the Noble Ones taste. This is considered reaching Nibbana (Nirvana) in this world. Thus, the Lord Buddha states that one who enters ultimate Cessation (nirodhasamapatti), does so as the Fruit of Wisdom [wisdom development] in the Noble Paths.
Attaining Noble Qualities Such As Being Worthy of Gifts
The benefits of developing wisdom include not only the ability to attain cessation but also developing the qualities of the Noble Ones such as worthy of gifts. Generally, those who have developed wisdom are worthy of gifts (āhuneyya), hospitality (pahuneyya), offerings (dakkhineyya), reverential salutation (añjalikaraniya) of world beings and angels (deva) and are also an incomparable field of merit and virtue for the world. Specifically, there are four types of Noble Ones who have developed Supra-mundane wisdom.