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What did the Buddha mean by “the stage beyond study” in the Shurangama Sutta?

The Buddha mentioned, "The stage beyond study", in chapter 5 of the Shurangama Sutta. What did the Buddha mean by this?
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What was Buddha's purpose in constructing The Four Stages of Enlightenment?

I can see the major to entering this path as being quite significant: the seeing through ones own imagination of their self. I also see that this four stage progression must be held onto quite loosely ...
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How to “abandon the fetters completely”?

I was thinking about this comment ... Yes, my target is to abandon the three fetters completely. I can make sense of 'Doubt' and 'grasping at precepts+practices', getting rid of the identity view ...
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Does the kind of samadhi change when the fetters are destroyed?

Samadhi (including jhanas) appears and can be experienced, both after the fetters are destroyed and/or even before then, isn't that so? So what is the difference in the samadhi before and after, and ...
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How personality view disappears?

Personality view disappears at once at the stage of stream entry or is it gradual ?
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What effect does mindfulness have on dependent origination?

What is the relationship between the three poisons of attachment, aversion, and delusion (Pali: lobha, dosa, moha) on one hand and the three links of ignorance, craving and clinging (Pali: avijja, ...
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On personal practice of meditation

During insight meditation no hearing of sound aware and cittarupa disappears like a mirage during meditation seen as no thoughts. Feel like cessation of mind. Is it anicca?thoughts disappear and citta ...
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How to get to know the state of mind

How to get to know mind has reached sakadagami state or still in sotapanna?During meditation experience no thoughts and Feel like clear emptiness. Reached clear darkness with peace of mind and there ...
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What is wisdom in vipassana meditation?

Having seen that anger disappears after notice attractiveness or aviation of mind towards thoughts has disappeared. Feel like no core on mind objects. Is that anatta?
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Personal practice regarding stream entry

Have experience when notting the thoughts as impermanence disappears the body and thoughts together .But still there's somebody looking at and it goes into a cloudy space. What is this ...
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How to recognize stream entry?

Have disappeared the body and thoughts,there is remaining awareness with the knows during practice.what is this stage of practice?how to know whtere this is stream entry?
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Paths of Buddhism & Possibility of Compassion

I have read about different types of paths for spiritual aspirants. Namely: Śrāvakayāna Pratyekabuddhayāna Bodhisattvayāna Of the first, Asanga states their faculties are limited: "...
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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

I understand that the Buddha used different teachings styles, depending on the audience/people that were listening. Also, I understand that there seems to be a ,superficial', easier accessible ...
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Can a person get into any stage of enlightenment without being aware of it?

In Buddhism we classically have four stages of enlightenment: Stream-enterer (Sotapanna); Once-returner (Sakadagami); Non-returner (Anāgāmi); Arahant. My question, as stated in the title, is: can a ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

It's clear right view is the foremost factor as without the right view one would not go for practicing the noble eightfold path at all. But when the rest is considered, is there a real sequence? My ...
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Does “which is void of formations (conditioned phenomena) since it is the cessation of them” refer to nibbana or the knowledge that abides in nibbana?

The essay The Progress of Insight includes the following definitions: Maturity Knowledge Immediately afterwards, a type of knowledge manifests itself that, as it were, falls for the first time ...
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Is Lord Buddha's way applicable to escape from the 'Plato's cave'?

In this Answer for escaping the analogy as shown in Plato's cave. Socrates remarks that this allegory can be taken with what was said before, namely the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the ...
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The needs of the same human being may differ at different stages of life. Can there be one Dharma for all stages?

From infancy till old age, our bodily, psychological and even spiritual change and evolve. Also, their faults or risks differ at each stage of life. For instance, the greatest "fault" of an infant is ...
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Can phala be experienced too often?

If a person enters phala(nibbana) too frequently can they develop a tolerance to the peacefulness of it?
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What is meant by the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw in regards to “The Attainment of Fruition”?

In The Progress of Insight by the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, in the section The Attainment of Fruition, it is said that: This occurs in precisely the same way as the path and fruition consciousness ...
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Is appana samadhi the same as magga/phala?

In this video by Sayadaw U Nandasiri, if I am understanding him correctly, he equates appana samadhi and magga/phala enlightenment. Is this correct? I had understood momentary, access, and absorption ...
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Are there different experiences of equanimity?

Specifically, is there a difference between equanimity as a corruption of insight and the insight stage "equanimity in regards to formations"?
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What does Nonduality correspond to in Buddhism?

There is not [was not] a tag for nonduality. Would someone please make a correspondence between nonduality and Buddhism as to "stage" or "attainment", qualifications, or whatever is applicable? EDIT: ...
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How are 'conceit' and 'identity-view' not the same?

Looking at the Lists of fetters I see "conceit" and "identity view" listed separately ... and the four stages of enlightenment say that identity view will be abandoned (in the first stage) before ...
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Are the 16 stages of Insight mentioned by the Buddha in the early Pali texts or are they a later addition to the Dharma?

I am reading Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and progressive stages by Mahasi Sayadaw. In the book he elaborates on the 16 stages of insight meditation as a kind of road map of what to expect. I ...
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What books address various difficulties that may arise during various stages of meditation practice?

I am looking for books that go beyond the usual introduction on how to do various form of Buddhist meditation practice but rather, in addition to describing the practices themselves, discuss various ...
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Saṃvega or something else? Integrating sammuti sacca with paramattha sacca

I've dropped out of three stable relationships back to back in 4 years, even though the women involved were very much in love with me, and were in quite a lot of misery when I left. Rather than get ...
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How do you tell the difference between review of a path and the next path?

In the same way the buddha referred to those who wander through Jhana as foolish cows, can individuals wander and get lost within the cycles of insight? When the meditator has thus become skilled ...
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Can you go through all 7 purifications of insight with walking meditation?

Can you go through all 7 purifications of insight with walking meditation. Can you also go through the 7 purifications of insight by focusing on your steps and saying to yourself "stepping, stepping"?
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From the perspective of Theravada, can a Mahayana follower attain Nibbana?

And how about followers of other non-Theravadin Buddhisms? Why? If they cannot, what is the last stage of enlightenment that they are able to achieve? Please refer to sources in your answers.
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The Mahayana faith and wisdom

I have a few questions about "wisdom", which I would personally define as it appears in Zhiyi's book the Great Calming and Contemplation, in the section on the six identities If one is endowed with ...
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Is it possible to believe (incorrectly) that one is on the path?

Can one work one's way through the whole path as it is described in the Mahayana literature, and then realize: Even though you were being sincere, and the "right" experiences in the literature ...
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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

Venerable sir, Lately I have been wondering if there is a proper technique that can be used in order to attain stream entry rather than meditating. I have a few experiences with loving kindness ...
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Vibrations while sleeping

The following questions are targeted to Vipassana. Nevertheless, contributions from other traditions are appreciated. is there any stage where it is expected that meditators feel vibrations while ...
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What is meant by the 8 stages of insight?

I have heard that there are 8 attainments or stages of insight in the progression of Vipassana, can anyone explain? I'm familiar with the 8 stages of jhana but I believe this is in reference to ...
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Where's the story in which the Buddha praised a non-returner for keeping the knowledge of his attainment private?

I'm trying to find a specific story in where the Buddha spoke about the attainment of one Anagami lay person with a group of monks while praising his good qualities. Later, when those monks went for ...