Moderator: Mahavihara moderator
2. Scope and character of ñāṇa: ñ. as faculty of understanding is included in paññā (cp. wisdom=perfected knowledge). The latter signifies the spiritual wisdom which embraces the fundamental truths of morality & conviction (such as aniccaŋ anattā dukkhaŋ: Miln 42); whereas ñ. is relative to common experience.
Alex123 wrote:Do you mean that ñāṇa is less powerful than paññā? (seems right)
And do you think that paññā is more of intuitive understanding, while ñāṇa is more of a theoretic knowledge?
If so, could one gain ñāṇa through reading & considering the suttas, while paññā would require more direct-seeing development ?
Alex123 wrote:Does anyone know if there is a difference between paññā and ñāṇa? If so, what is the difference? Or are they total synonyms?