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According to my knowledge, to become a bodhisattvas, the person should obtain due certainty of being a bodhisattvas from a Buddha with the effect of Karma. We could identify this fact by considering the story behind Maithree bodhisattvas.


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As i understand it they think that those who do a ceremonial ritual of taking the Bodhisatta vows become Bodhisattas. I may be wrong tho.


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There's a nice paper on the topic, called "Why the Buddha Never Uttered a Word" by Mario D’Amato - you can find it on Academia website. You'd do best to read it all, although you may certainly prefer to skip to a section titled "Mindful Buddha versus Mindless Buddha". There Mario cites some other work that says: ... Dunne goes on to ...


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I believe the abhidharma is just a systematization of the sutras. Subtism has different flavours, but I believe in Tientai your knowledge is consistent with the sutras before one hits the mark with meditation. In the meditation schools? I'm sure there's plenty of masters who haven't got a clue about the finer ins and outs of Buddhist philosophy. If you think ...


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I already asked the permission from the question starter to answer this question. According to reciting study system (Mukkhapātha), there is no actual sudden enlightenment in Theravada tradition. The sudden enlightenment without practice is almost impossible in reciting study system. If enlightenment is easy like that, people must can enlighten without the ...


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In mahayana I believe that at least some practitioners have claimed that -- like the Buddha himself -- one attains enlightenment after the formless meditations. That means you don't perceive what you see, taste, smell etc., though I'm not sure if that means you lose consciousness of them. The fomrless realms / meditations are pretty crazy and very unusual. I ...


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