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Do arhats exist after death?

If you want to see what the authoritative figures have to say on the topic, here's a quote from What Happens to an Arahant at Death? A Dialogue between Bhikkhu Bodhi and B. Alan Wallace: BB: The ...
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A view of the self

Here's an analogy. Stream entry is like that point in time where you have completely understood how diet, exercise, obesity, metabolism, homeostasis, ageing and non-communicable diseases work. You've ...
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Is it bad karma to disagree with an arhat?

According to the Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. If you see this answer, bad karma or not, is related to ...
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Do fully enlightened "persons" still meditate, and why?

Yes, Buddha did meditate. This is for the pleasant abiding here and now. From the discussion, What did Buddha do to pass his time? -- Some relevant info: Then the Blessed One, having ...
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

Actually Paceccabuddhas do teach but in brief and in general terms like from one Theravada example after 4 Paccekabuddas received meals for 4 days from a King at his palace when the King asked them ...
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Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship?

As a rule of thumb, they will be Very calm (stable). Not swayed by pleasurable/exciting things, not upset or frustrated by pain/failure/disagreement. Immovable. Impossible to disturb. Solid like a ...
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What is path and fruition?

But what is the attainment of path? How would one describe rightly the attainment of the path? The path to nibbana has four steps as you mentioned stream entry, once returner, non returner, ...
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A view of the self

An excellent question! We are all growing and learning, both of which are a part of cultivation. The process of defining the self and the Dharma attached is somewhat like refining our integrity; ...
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A view of the self

If a very young child looks in a mirror, it sees an object there that it cannot identify as itself. A slightly older child recognizes that the object it sees in the mirror is itself. A bit older than ...
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How old were the 500 arhats when they became arhats?

There were different age groups and different class and castes of people , who became the followers of Buddha. Buddha’s son Rahula also became his follower and he was I guess around 10 years of age. ...
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Did Buddha comment on existence of other contemporary buddhas?

were there other people or beings that had achieved that and were contemporary to buddha Cessation: yes, many; the first Council was composed of 500 Arahants, for example. Perfect Buddhahood? No. ...
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Who should we regard as role models?

In my opinion, keep only Buddha as your role model otherwise you will be in for a dissapontmemt. The next option is to keep any other teacher who is passed away without any known bad publicity. It is ...
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Do arhats exist after death?

I once read a story (perhaps based on a Sutra) and Lord Buddha used this analogy when asked about existence after death of enlightened beings: Fire exist due to air, burning substance, etc. As in ...
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Are the bodhisattva vows better suited to the lay side of Buddhism?

As a practical observation, per AN4.99 there are four kinds of people found in the world: One who practices to benefit themselves, but not others; one who practices to benefit others, but not ...
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What do Venerable Cha Mo's similes on the Flower's Scent and the Perfumed Rag mean with regard to satkāyadṛṣṭi?

The meaning seems very clear from reading the Pali sutta. It just means, whoever has overcome the five lower fetters (which includes the self-view), may still have lingering sense of "I". The first ...
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What do Venerable Cha Mo's similes on the Flower's Scent and the Perfumed Rag mean with regard to satkāyadṛṣṭi?

yes Puthujjanas struggle already with sakkay ditthi, but there is not much more to say than what is stated by the non-puthujjana Khemaka. The lack of sakkya ditthi just means “Friend, concerning ...
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If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat or buddha?

If I remember correctly, Buddha once said that Devadatta's throwing a rock and hurting Buddha's foot was caused by Buddha's past bad karma from a previous life. Even for Buddha's and non-returners/...
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Is it bad karma to disagree with an arhat?

One thing to keep in mind is that the pluralistic society that the Buddha lived in had a very strong tradition of religious freedom and freedom of speech in religious matters. Lay people could listen ...
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Is it bad karma to disagree with an arhat?

Of course it is! Almost by definition. Buddha's words are true and beneficial. Therefore by disagreeing you are setting yourself up for suboptimal results in the best case, if not for disaster. With ...
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Can a person without any of the five physical senses attain arhatship?

“Avuso, how many conditions are there from which right view arises?” “Avuso, right view arises from 2 conditions, that is: the voice of another and wise attention. These, avuso, are the 2 conditions ...
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Can a person without any of the five physical senses attain arhatship?

I think it's been said that beings in the formless realms cannot attain enlightenment because they cannot perceive (hear, read, or otherwise learn) the Buddha's Dharma ... perhaps too they also can't ...
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Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship?

In Udana 7.2, Ven. Sariputta (the Arahant) tried to teach Ven. Bhaddiya without realizing that he too was an Arahant. The Buddha saw this and exclaimed the verse, describing Ven. Bhaddiya: He has ...
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Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship?

If a layperson becomes an Arhant, he will automatically leave his home and enter the monk hood otherwise he will pass away into Nibbana within 7 days. Also, it is very rare for any one to proclaim ...
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Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship?

I asked an enlightened monk that I had a strong feeling was an Arhat about this and he said he was enlightened when he was a layman. He just put on the robes to help him teach the message and he was ...
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Do Arhats sleep?

An Arahat does not sleep like a normal person. He may give rest to the body but in doing so is fully aware hence not asleep. This is a natural consequence of reducing impurities of the mind. Also the ...
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