The Buddha mentioned, "The stage beyond study", in chapter 5 of the Shurangama Sutta.

What did the Buddha mean by this?

  • It's actually taken quite out of context so I'll try the add further information.
    – user14148
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 22:02
  • Is the version/translation of the sutta, which you're using, online?
    – ChrisW
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 23:09
  • I think you're referring to where it says, "stage beyond learning", in this translation -- Then the World Honored One told all those in the assembly who were great Bodhisattvas and great Arhats, their outflows extinguished – “All of you Bodhisattvas and Arhats who are born from within my dharma and have attained the stage beyond learning, I now ask you: When you first brought forth your resolve and became enlightened to the eighteen realms, which one of these brought perfect penetration? Through which expedient did you enter samadhi?
    – ChrisW
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 23:12
  • Yes, that's it.
    – user14148
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 23:28

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Probably the word ASekkha. From Ven. Buddhadatta's Pali-English dictionary:

asekkha : one who does not require any further training. (m.) an Arahant.

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