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The first stage is that of Sotāpanna (Pali; Sanskrit: Srotāpanna), literally meaning "one who enters (āpadyate) the stream (sotas)," with the stream being the supermundane Noble Eightfold Path regarded as the highest Dharma. The stream-enterer is also said to have "opened the eye of the Dharma" (dhammacakkhu, Sanskrit: dharmacakṣus).

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How to achieve stream entry in this very life?

What fetters must be destroyed in order to reach the state of stream entry? Is it possible to reach the state of stream entry in this very life? Do I need to renounce worldly life in order to reach ...
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How do I become a Saddhanussari or Dhammanussari and know if I have attained it?

How do I become a Saddhanussari or Dhammanussari and how do I know if I have attained it? I think that the question above is clear enough. Just to add I have read their descriptions in the Suttas but ...
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"abandoning samyojanas" vs "removing saṅkhāras"

When researching stream-entry, I came across this fascinating statement ... "The stream enterer ... has removed the saṅkhāras that force rebirth in lower planes". SOURCE: https://en....
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Confusion about Stream Entry

How is the fetter "Identity View" destroyed by confidence in the triple-gem and ethics ([DN 16, see "Dhamma-Mirror"])? The concept of identity view also seems to be a bit fuzzy. ...
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Would a stream enterer no longer need the "I am the owner and heir of my karma" reflection?

The following sutta quote shows the reflection that would cause the diminishing or abandonment of misconduct. However, this appears to be a method of skillful means for reflection by someone with self-...
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How does the path according to Sheng-yen compare with scholastic Buddhism?

Sheng-yen was an important Taiwanese Buddhist, with I believe Rinzai and Soto tranmission. When describing the Buddhist path, he says that the 10 faiths are reached only after extensive success with ...
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Is there a tremendous decrease in suffering at stream-entry?

Is it true that at stream-entry there is a profound decrease in the intensity of suffering perceived in samsara? If I'm not wrong, the Buddha does use the metaphor of a small clod of earth, as tiny as ...
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A view of the self

I have often wondered about one particular riddle regarding the stages of the path. If Sakkāyadiṭṭhi, a view of the self, is one of the first fetters conquered at stream- entry, why is it that Māna, ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"?

Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"? Are there any suttas that seem to address this question?
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What is path and fruition?

Path and fruition for the 4 stages of holy disciple are frequently mentioned. I understand that the fruition is the removal of the fetters and realization of the knowledge of that respective ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

I follow the notion that when the false view of an independent, permanent "self" is annihilated for the first time this is Stream Entry. The Dharma no long is merely a question mark, and it'...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

I have on occasion seen commenters here and elsewhere who declare their achievements, such as being a sotāpanna. These comments are downvoted, so they do not appear to be appreciated. If comments ...
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Is a Dhamma follower always a stream entrant?

Is a Dhamma follower always a stream entrant? According to MN 70: “What kind of person is a Dhamma-follower? Here some person does not contact with the body and abide in those liberations that ...
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Is become a stream-enterer (sotāpanna) enough?

I've quoted below from Ratana Sutta (The Discourse on the Jewels). Ye ariyasaccāni vibhāvayanti Gambhīrapaññena sudesitāni Kiñcāpi te honti bhusappamattā Na te bhavam atthamam ādiyanti Idam ...
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Evidence of determinism in DN 2 Samaññaphala Sutta? Was the King already a faith follower?

Near the end of the Samaññaphala Sutta it says this: "The king is incapacitated. Had he not killed his father — that righteous man, that righteous king — the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye would ...
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MN 137 - Directed only to Stream Entrants (and beyond)?

"And what are the six kinds of renunciation joy? The joy that arises when — experiencing the inconstancy of those very forms, their change, fading, & cessation — one sees with right discernment as ...
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Apparently stream-entrants are destined to attain Nibbana but what about non-stream-entrants?

Are only stream-entrants destined to attain Nibbana? I don't know whether it is possible to be destined to attain Nibbana more than 7 lives beforehand. Is it not possible to be destined to attain ...
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Eradication of identity view is a cause or effect of stream entry?

I am asking this question due to this answer. Is the removal of identity view (sakkāya-diṭṭhi) required before stream entry can be attained? Or would identity view be removed only with the ...
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What is eradication of the fetter of identity-view (sakkāya-diṭṭhi)?

I'm asking this question based on this comment and this question. It is well known that the goal of Buddhism is to end suffering. However, it is popularly mistaken (as seen in the cited comment and ...
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What to do after becoming free from suffering and attachments?

Suppose I'm free from suffering, free from attachments, untouched by pain and pleasure, with absolute, constant calm and peace of mind; feeling profound compassion towards all beings (from an ant, to ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

I quoted below, the words of Ven. Dhammavuddho, who stated that, according to SN 55.5, to attain stream entry, one must have focused attention (yoniso manasikara) when listening to the true Dhamma ...
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vipassana progress questions

Does a stream winner who practices vipassana tend to have a feeling being oblivious to most of things he thought was very important before.It's a feeling as if things don't really be marked in the ...
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How do Bodhisattva vow takers avoid stream entry?

According to the suttas in SN13, a stream enterer (or stream winner or sotapanna) only has at most, seven remaining lifetimes, before they are permanently freed from suffering. On the other hand, ...
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Why isn't Buddhānussati more popular in the West?

From what I understand in the suttas, unless you renounce the household life and desire almost entirely, chances are you won't eliminate the necessary fetters to achieve nibbana in this life. For ...
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Ego death and stream entry is it the same thing?

I was wondering if ego death and stream entry is the same? During what i call 'ego death' or 'experience of pure consciousness', i emptied out and saw the internal galaxy images. Insights came ...
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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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State between Equanimity and 1st or 2nd or further path

I heard from my teacher that between the insight "equanimity of formation" and the following path insights the meditator can be stuck in a delusion state. This state can only be mastered if 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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Stream winner reborn as human

If someone enters the stream and becomes a sotapanna (stream winner), then he would have at most, seven lifetimes left. What the stream is, is defined in this answer as: This noble eightfold path — ...
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Why is a sotāpanna defined as unable to take another teacher and unable to commit matricide?

Among the descriptions of stream-enterer (sotāpanna) is one which says that they is not capable of committing six wrong actions: Murdering one's own mother. Murdering one's own father. ...
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What is "stream"

The question is really just that - "What is stream"? I've recently found this forum, and recently started reading some Buddhist scriptures, and I've seen the term a few times and have no ...
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Is stream entry in 20 or 30 years of practice realistic?

The founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Sangharaskshita, stated that he thinks stream entry is realistic after twenty or thirty years In fact, it would be surprising if, after 20 or 30 ...
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What does breaking the fetter 'Clinging to rites and rituals' actually mean?

The second fetter to break when one becomes a stream entrant is given as 'Clinging to rites and rituals'. I've always found that one a little puzzling. How do you know if you are clinging to a ritual? ...
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7 lives/years: maintainability and significance of the number 7

How valid or verifiable is the claim that a sotapanna leads no more than seven lives? Or a once returner returns once? There is another claim that practicing earnestly for seven days or seven weeks ...
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Does Zen have a concept similar to stream entry?

Stream entry feels like a milestone where some very significant things happen and the practitioner cannot slide backwards from it. Do Zen sutras describe the concept of stream entry by that or any ...
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Can stream entry be reached by focusing on the links in dependent co-arising

Can you gain stream entry by focusing on the links in dependent co-arising http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.002.than.html. The buddha says this: "And what is the noble method ...
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Can you gain stream entry by focusing on the clinging and stress going on at the five clinging aggregates?

If I see the clinging and the stress going on at the five clinging aggregates can that propel me into stream entry? Like say I see that clinging is going on at the five clinging aggregates and I see ...
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How common is stream entry?

Lots of questions on stream entry here. I have practiced Mahayana Buddhism without a huge success - for sure. But still, I was of the opinion that such attainment as stream entry was rare in the ...
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Does "stream enterer" simply mean "devout Buddhist"?

I have read about technicalities of stream entry, but just wanted to ask, to see if I understand the "big picture": If we step outside and try to describe it in plain English, is a "stream enterer" ...
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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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Queen Mallika story and stream entry

I was wondering about the story of queen Mallika, she seems like someone who entered the stream, nevetheless she went to hell after passing away. Is it possible for someone to be reborn on the awful ...
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Can a stream enterer commit suicide?

There was an incident in the 50s, a monk named Ñāṇavīra Thera commited suicide, he was believed to be a stream enterer and was suffering from amoebiasis. So I'm curious to know, if someone knows for ...
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Is stream entry an unmistakeable experience?

I've heard stream entry described as a turning about in the deepest seat of consciousness. I've also read other accounts that make me think that there is something about the experience that is ...
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What is the Distinction Between Knowledge of The Path and the Fruit?

It is said that this happens in close proximity. So it is always referenced together. What happens when you get the knowledge and how do to transition to the Fruit? What happens just before the ...
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What are the differences of Phala Samapatti between each stage of sainthood?

What are the differences of Phala Samapatti between each stage of sainthood? The fruit of each stage of Sainthood possibly would be different. Hence there would be some distinction and differences ...
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Characteristics of Sotàpanna person (Stream Enterer)

What are the characteristics of Sotàpanna person (Stream Enterer). Can Sotàpanna person live at a home with a family (married life) without going to a monastery and stay without being a monk...
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How does stream entry occur?

When a person becomes a stream enterer/Sotapanna, I understand they no longer have the first 3 fetters of belief in a self, doubts about the Buddha, his teachings or the noble sangha, or attachments ...
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Nibbāna in The Progress of Insight

I was wondering if anyone could help to clearly explain the phenomenology of what happens in this passage from Mahasi's The Progress of Insight, specifically the bolded section: 12. Insight Leading ...
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