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Arahants and suicide

There might be something along those lines in SN 4.23 Godhika Sutta. Page 85 of The Patimokkha Rules Translated & Explained says, Case (b) is apparently derived from SN 4.23, where Ven. ...
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Did Buddha go through the stages of sotapanna/sakadagami/anagami before his enlightenment?

The orthodox Theravada interpretation is that he went through all four stages. [I]n the course of his long wanderings in samsāra, the bodhisatta had been to all the realms except the five suddhāvāsa ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

In my understanding, there is no controversy here at all. The explanation can be very simple: Before stream-entry, someone can think: "I am this body" or "I am inside this body" or "I am the ...
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Does an arahant ever reveal that he is an arahant?

I think the Buddha said he was an Arahant. The Ariyapariyesana Sutta says, "Then, wandering by stages, I arrived at Varanasi, at the Deer Park in Isipatana, to where the group of five monks were ...
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Vinaya Rule of a Monk saying he's an arahant

According to the Patimokkha rules: Should any bhikkhu, without direct knowledge, claim a superior human state, a truly noble knowledge and vision, as present in himself, saying, "Thus do I ...
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Is it true that arahants don't have sati?

Maybe your friend meant to say that an arahant no longer has to consciously make an effort to develop sati? An arahant has developed all 8 limbs of the Noble Eightfold Path to perfection such that ...
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Happiness, rebirth, and the death of an arahant

Most of your question revolves around your (expected) lack of knowledge about how Buddhism defines suffering, how it defines happiness, and how it explains one or the other occurs. That's why, when ...
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Is there really a story in the Pali Canon about a layman running away from home AFTER having attained arahantship?

As you found out on Reddit, the story sounds a lot like that of Yasa, who didn't of course become an Arahant before meeting the Buddha, and certainly not in his sleep! But to your general question, ...
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What would an Arahant experience, as a slave in a labor camp?

First of all, Arahanths never feel sadness, grief, hate etc. They don't have wives, but they may have ex-wives. if the Arahath has psychic powers he might fly away to spare the people from acquiring ...
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Must Lay Arahants become Buddhist Monks?

If and when a lay-follower attains arahant-ship, he or she has to either enter the Order that very day or else must attain parinibbàna. This is a Dhammata. This is conformity to the Dhammaniyāma – a ...
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Is raping a male arahant or a non-arahant less immoral/less serious than raping a female arahant?

The passage doesn't imply that at all. It's just that homosexual misbehavior or other abnormal ways of breaking the 3rd precept are not discussed here. Gravity of the offence also depends on the ...
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Will earth become a planet without Humans?

Definitly, As per science when there is a start, there must be end. Even our galaxy will expire. you can take example of anything in this world, nothing is permanent.
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What would be the motivation for an arahant to perform generous deeds?

"Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others' suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see ...
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Difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana?

Non-abiding Nirvana is a standard Mahayana doctrine, described as non-abiding in contrast with (Hinayana's) Nirvana which is considered abiding. (As always, I have to remind everyone that Theravada ...
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Happiness, rebirth, and the death of an arahant

All of the answers are great and I will add few things. If you compare the bliss and happiness of the beings who lives in the spirit world(astral realms, heavenly realms, higher heavens etc.) or the ...
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No awakening without a Buddha?

Page 18 of The Paccekabuddha: A Buddhist Ascetic A Study of the Concept of the Paccekabuddha in Pali Canonical and Commentarial Literature II. I. The Period In Which No Buddha Exists Paccekabuddhas ...
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It is said that arahants never dream. What are the textual sources for this claim?

Dreams are not mentioned a lot int he suttas. Perhaps you can search the vinaya instead of the suttas. THe best there is for the suttas is ''the lack of evil dreams'', from metta "Monks, eleven ...
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Enlightend beings don't make more good or neutral karma?

Buddha spoke about cessation of karma and liberation from karma. For Arahant, or for Buddha, there's no acquiring of karma anymore. Indeed, if they still acquired karma, how could we call it "...
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Enlightend beings don't make more good or neutral karma?

The outcome of deeds is discussed in AN4.233: “Mendicants, I declare these four kinds of deeds, having realized them with my own insight. What four? There are dark deeds with dark results;...
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What is kriyacitta according to various Buddhist schools?

Kriya citta is functional consciousness, meaning it performs a function without being karmically potent. In an arahant, it replaces kusala citta. An arahant does not create karma so their seemingly ...
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Does an enlightened person have access to whatever information he wants?

The Buddha stated that it is possible to be all-knowing, but not all at once. That means it is possible for the Buddha to know and understand all things if he tried to learn it, but not simultaneously....
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What is the meditation position in which Ananda thero became an arahant?

Ven. Ananda’s realization of emancipation happened when he was neither walking, standing, sitting or lying down. Ven. Ananda was doing the walking meditation at that time. It is interesting to note ...
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Will earth become a planet without Humans?

Not if, my dear friend, when. Suffering will always exist. It is after all the first noble truth. But I think your question is a theoretical one, and a very good one. Yes, theoreticaly, if all ...
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