School of thought within the Mahayana tradition maintaining that enlightenment is a gradual process.

That is, according to this school, one experiences many a minor enlightenment before realizing the ultimate awakening.

In other words, overnight success does not happen overnight.

Some teachers say there is really no contradiction between the sudden enlightenment and the gradual enlightenment schools since a minor enlightenment is not the same as the final awakening.

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