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Questions tagged [arahant]

In Theravada Buddhism, an arhat (Sanskrit; Pali: arahant-; "one who is worthy") is a "perfected person" who has attained nirvana. In other Buddhist traditions the term has also been used for people far advanced along the path of Enlightenment, but who may not have reached full Buddhahood.

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Four Analytical Knowledges

Is it still possible to attain direct knowledge of the four analytical knowledge? Base insight seems to be the lowest attainment among arahants.
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Bodhisattva wisdom vs. Arhat Wisdom

This answer says that: in terms of wisdom, a Hinayana arhat is more powerful than a bodhisattva before the 8th bhumi, because he abandoned afflictive obscurations while the bodhisattva abandons ...
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Is it true that arahants don't have sati?

A couple of months ago someone tried to convince me that arahants no longer have sati. He said that sati is like a raft in the sense that it should be given up as soon as the goal, arahantship, has ...
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Vinaya Rule of a Monk saying he's an arahant

Is there a rule where if a monk is an arahant and if he is to tell he is an arahant, he can only say it to a Upasampada monk and not even a samanera monk? If so, please provide the source of the rule
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Sudden enlightenment described in the suttas

A lot of suttas mention the case of sudden enlightenment, during the time of the Buddha. Do these cases speak only of stream-enterers, or can they even be full arahants? For me it's unbelievable, ...
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What would be the motivation for an arahant to perform generous deeds?

In the early stages of the gradual training, the instructions point out to perform generous deeds out of compassion. Knowing that a arahant has no more any trace of desire or self-identification and ...
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What would an Arahant experience, as a slave in a labor camp?

I like to put things in perspective by using extremes to create high contrast. Let's imagine a person who has become an enlightened being, let's use the word "arahant". But imagine that they're put ...
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Must Lay Arahants become Buddhist Monks?

A lay person who becomes an Arahant must become a monk or they will die? Can anyone explain what this teaching means? Do they have to become a Buddhist Monk? Can they just leave the world and ...
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How to identify a sotapanna (stream enterer)

I just wan to know whether there are any measurements advised by the Buddha to identify a stream enterer (sotapanna). I know for a fact that from the stream enterer and above, all four types have ...
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Will earth become a planet without Humans?

lets imagine that in all the human in earth become Arhant, so after their death they will not born again (i mean all of the humans). after this will new humans born or Not, will earth become a planet ...
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What is the meditation position in which Ananda thero became an arahant?

We all know that Ananda Thero was Buddha's personal attendant -- Wikipedia says, In the long list of the disciples given in the Anguttara Nikaya (i. xiv.), where each of them is declared to be ...
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Lay arahants mentioned in the Pali Canon

Following are the instances of Lay Arahants that I'm aware of; Uggasena the acrobat Santati the King Pasenadi's Minister King Suddodhana [Looking for reference] What are the other instances of lay ...
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First Lay Teachers

I'm hearing of lay people becoming enlightened by the Buddha but did any of them become Lay Dhamma Teachers? When where the first lay teacher(s) of the eightfold path?
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Is raping a male arahant or a non-arahant less immoral/less serious than raping a female arahant?

I've read the following passage and I wonder if it really implies what it seems to imply. The gravity of the offence is determined by the degree of lust motivating the action and the ...
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Can a arahant recognize the spiritual attainment of others?

Can a arahant recognize other arahants? Can a arahant recognize stream winners, once-returners and never-returners? Can a arahant recognize the spiritual attainment (and conversely, the defilement) ...
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Arahants and suicide

I'm aware of a story in the Pali Canon where a monk commited suicide by slitting his throat and achieved arahantship at the moment of death. Where in the texts can i find this story? Thank you for ...
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Differences in attainments among Arahants

In the Anguttara Nikaya it is said that by possessing seven qualities one can attain direct knowledge of the Four Analytical Knowledges: Mastery. "Bhikkhus, possessing seven qualities, ...
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Does an arahant ever reveal that he is an arahant?

An arahant is one who has eradicated all defilements and broken all 10 fetters, namely sensual desire and conceit. Why would an arahant mention that he is one and does the texts say anything about ...
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Did Buddha go through the stages of sotapanna/sakadagami/anagami before his enlightenment?

Did Buddha go through the stages of sotapanna/sakadagami/anagami before his enlightenment? Or did he go straight from a normal person to an arahant and a Buddha during the night of his enlightenment?