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Unless you are, at least, a Sotapanna, everything you experience is mundane.


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I always feel guilty giving interpretative answers with no references, but since that's exactly what you seem to be asking here, here we go. Sure, there are people of different skills and capacities. I wouldn't blame it on them, it's just a matter of circumstances, previous lives karma, old ignorance, we all were ignorant at some point. But yeah, as my ...


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The eightfold path is said to be conditioned, as follows: To whatever extent there are phenomena that are conditioned, the noble eightfold path is declared the foremost among them. AN 4.34 Where as Nirvana is said to be unconditioned: There is, bhikkhus, a not-born, a not-brought-to-being, a not-made, a not-conditioned. If, bhikkhus, there were no not-...


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Let's consider the scenario of students in university. The ordinary student, just studies what is taught in the lectures and does not put in extraordinary effort. Along the way, he might help one or two of his fellow students, who are his close friends, but he does not have the capacity or willpower to help many students. He graduates with a bachelor's ...


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The path is lead by right view, which is wisdom. Each hindrance is the drive/motivation to do harm or enslave. Therefore, to advance on the path, it is ideal that wisdom investigate each hindrance & examine why its motive is harmful &/or enslaving. If the mind is not a slave to hindrances, to enter sotapanna the mind must have the selflessness to ...


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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, arhatship. As you have asked How would one describe rightly the attainment of the path? I'll answer to that as below. What is Stream Entry When someone achieved this ...


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"Possessing" grave wrong view (niyata micca ditthi) is one of the 6 reasons why one is, better does (since holding a view is an action) incapable to grow in Dhamma, incapable in reaching even paths or fruits, yes. But! ...to think that the view of a being is something inherent, lasting, not conditioned, for it's own, is already near niyata micca ditthi. So ...


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"(1) Should I conclude from this that faculties can really be different between practitioners? That, some individuals have greater facility for the dharma, and that enlightenment is not always feasible in one lifetime?" The faculties definitely are different between people and some practitioners do have greater facility for somethings than others, dharma ...


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Well, you forget everything you learned because you lack mindfulness. Loss of mindfulness is precisely what you described: forgetting the teachings. You can't have your path confirmed. Advanced practitioners can tell you there opinions, but not confirm your level of attainment. To define stream entry and the way it occurs is a rather arbitrary process, but ...


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Im not sure about guarantees but there are these relevant passages; Association with people of integrity is a factor for stream-entry. Listening to the true Dhamma is a factor for stream-entry. Appropriate attention is a factor for stream-entry. Practice in accordance with the Dhamma is a factor for stream-entry. — SN 55.5 There is the case ...


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Ānanda brought a similar question to the Buddha, attempting to hedge and bridge the issue of solitude and social interaction: SN3.18:3.3: ‘Sir, good friends, companions, and associates are half the spiritual life.’ But the Buddha would have none of that and corrected Ānanda immediately: SN3.18:4.2: ‘Not so, Ānanda! Not so, Ānanda! Good friends, ...


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So, Is it necessary to be socialize ? Life would be difficult, even impossible, living completely alone. There is a reason that the sangha is considered one of the three jewels in buddhism. If it is, Why buddha said, go to a forest to meditate ? Get a free and quite time ? Yes. Your understanding is on point. Withdrawing into reflection is helpful for ...


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In Pali Buddhism, what is not mundane is defined by the word 'lokuttara', which means 'beyond the world', 'supramundane' or 'transcendent" &, most importantly, equates with the realisation of 'emptiness' ('sunnata'), 'not-self' ('anatta') or selflessness. To quote: Ye te suttantā tathāgatabhāsitā gambhīrā gambhīratthā lokuttarā suññatapaṭisaṃyuttā ...


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This Path is a process where the practitioner goes from the Conditioned to the Unconditioned. Stream Entry represents the point at which the gravitational pull of the 'Unconditioned' exerts a greater force than that of the 'Conditioned'. A Stream Entrant's practice is likely to be less affected by the conditions around them; this would depend upon an ...


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Because we are in fact, in Nirvana, but we - don't know about it. Thus we are spending all our lives wandering around. The path is that finally one decided not to wander but taking a path one believed that's the right path to go home; going through this path from beginning to end we then be shown that in fact, we are actually all the time already in Nirvana. ...


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The meaning of nirvana being unconditioned is that nirvana does not arise due to causes and conditions. This is because nirvana is a negative phenomena, since it is the final true cessation. However, we say that the achievement of nirvana is caused by path. In the same way, the absence of John in the room is permanent and unconditioned. If John leaving the ...


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I like the Brahmana Sutta (SN 51.15) which uses "going to a park" to illustrate it. Incidentally (and I don't think this is the main point of the sutta) I think that "park" was the same word as used for "monastery", because in earliest times the monks were in parks rather than monasteries.


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The “Thayodhamma Sutta” in the Anguttara Nikaya tells you how to go about it, @breath. It explain in full why and how to practice the spiritual life. Specifically this sutta describes what you should avoid or irradiate in order to achieve Nibbana. Thayo means Three – so it is abandoning three things at a time towards Path Fruition. To abandon 1. Birth 2. ...


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