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Eight advantageous kinds of consciousness:

1. Unprompted consciousness joined with joy and understanding. Example: Knowing merit one spontaneously gives with joy a gift.

2. Prompted consciousness joined with joy and understanding. Example: Knowing merit one, urged by others, gives with joy a gift.

3. Unprompted consciousness with joy, but not understanding. Example: Unaware of merit one spontaneously gives with joy a gift.

4. Prompted consciousness joined with joy, but not understanding. Example: Unaware of merit one, urged on, gives with joy a gift.

5. Unprompted consciousness with equanimity and understanding. Example: Knowing merit one spontaneously gives, yet in indifference.

6. Prompted consciousness joined with equanimity and understanding. Example: Knowing merit one, urged by others, gives in indifference.

7. Unprompted consciousness with equanimity, but no understanding. Example: Unaware of merit one spontaneously gives in indifference.

8. Prompted consciousness with equanimity, but no understanding. Example: Unaware of merit one, urged on, gives in indifference.

(from Visuddhimagga XIV 81)

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