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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 realms which are meant only for those who have attained anāgāmi stage. The bodhisatta usually attains all the four stages on the path only in his last ...


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What does one here think: Is a person, having reached the path, able, would he, reject a request of something material, incl. strength and effort in material spheres, if he could share? I may have missed it, but i have yet to find something in buddhism that says we should give or agree on something that will be harmful to ourselves (as well as what is ...


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Linguistically, 'sakkāya' ('sat-kaya') means 'true' or 'real body' rather than 'own body'. If it meant 'own body' ('sa-kaya'), this would make our study of theory much easier. The word 'kaya' means 'group' or 'collection' rather than merely 'physical body'. In defining 'sakkaya', MN 44 says: Visākha, the Buddha said that these five grasping ...


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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 perceiver of all my experience" or "I am the decision maker of all my actions" or "I am my memories" or "I am the thinker of thoughts". With stream-entry these ...


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What does "sattakkhattuparama" mean literally and non-literally? sattakkhattuparama = not more than seven times. Why did he include rebirth into his translation? Because of the context below which come before "sattakkhattuparama" and being on the same topic: There are these nine people who, dying with something left over, are exempt from hell, the ...


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The quote seems to be equating IQ with concentration: it says, "Normally, a person born with a high IQ, he has good concentration and that was obtained from previous lives." I suppose that sounds plausible -- that, to be intelligent, someone must be able to concentrate -- but I guess that's a personal opinion of the author (not "universally valid"), and has ...


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Please don't make any confusion. Only Buddha-to-be, pacceka Buddha and chief disciples of Buddha need parami to fulfill. No such need to be a stream winner. Having no huge negative karma i.e., killing the parents, causing the blood flow from Buddha, causing disunity in Sangha, and killing an arahat, and having intent desire to be a stream-winner, keeping ...


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Could you please give me the names of some sutta which I can read further on this I think that SN 55.2 implies perfection of Sila. People say that Dana parami is an essential beginning, for example here ... Giving (dana) is one of the essential preliminary steps of Buddhist practice. ... but I don't know a sutta where it's named as a characteristic of ...


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There is not even a single reference in the Tipitaka, where the Buddha has said that “samatha bhavana” alone can lead to Panna/wisdom. But when one comprehends Dhamma, one’s mind get calm and through that samatha state, and one can get to magga phala. After attaining the Sotapanna / Stream Entrant stage, one can get to Ariya jhanas by focusing on that “...


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Samatha just results in the suppression of 5 Hindrances using a conceptual object as the focus. Vipassana Bhavana is the focus on the ultimate realities free from concepts, which are rupa, citta, cetasika and nirvana and the universal characteristics of them to free your mind from the corruptions of insight so you can understand causality. E.g. contemplation ...


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Can one gain panna without seeing the three characteristics? No, as far as Buddhist teaching concern. Here Panna means the wisdom of complete liberation. The wisdom you get from Samath is only a partial liberation.


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The doctrine of 'paramithä' is not found in the suttas but found in late canonical books and post-canonical commentaries (Wikipedia). However, the basic requirement for giving (dana) & morality (sila) to be excellent or 'higher' ('parama') than ordinary is found in the suttas. For example, AN 7.49 lists seven types of giving (dana), where six types ...


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To me this question sounds like an example of reification. In my opinion, in real life the numerous factors of Understanding and Liberation develop gradually, supporting each other in lockstep. The more someone sees through the numerous simplistic assumptions underlying our idea of "self" - the more one can be said to be free from the self-view. In practice ...


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No, the practitioner no need changing the practice. The practitioner has to comprehends 3 characteristics of 5 aggregates, which cycling as the dependent origination, from being ordinary until arahatta-magga. But the teaching literature may be difference. See the description after the below quote. So, in Sutta. Saṃ. Kha. Sīlavantasutta taught the same ...


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It appears in many sutta of many nikāya. The Example Sutta Pitaka Vol 1 : Sutta. Tī. Sī Mahālisuttaṃ: ‘And what, Sir, may those other things be?’ ‘In the first place, Mahāli, a brother by the complete destruction of the Three Bonds (the Delusions of self, Doubt, and Trust in the efficacy of good works and ceremonies) becomes a converted man, one ...


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Sakkhaya Ditti is eradicated as a result of attaining stream entry. It's wrong to say that it is required to remove the identity view before attaining stream entry. Read the detailed answer given here by venerable Yuttadhammo.


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Upasaka, those interested, Sakka = honour/fall for - kāya = group , this giving into, falling for, uphold, starts very outwardly, such as group-identifications, nationality, gender, family, kind, buddhist...we, my, my land, my skill... goes further and deeper to ones body, deeper to the five aggregates. Penetrating here, able to "disconnect" nama-rupa, the ...


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My question is, if the first fetter which is self-View (sakkāya-ditthi) is dropped, then who is going to be Sakurdagami I think that's a potentially misleading question. "If God didn't create the universe, then who did?" "If you didn't cause the thunder, then who did?" If you look at MN 72 it suggests that "does not apply" might be a right reply to a ...


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I don't want to claim I "gain right view" but I do or did find it helpful to read. Perhaps the Buddha "vacana" might substitute for voice. I suppose reading might be meaningless without experience, though -- or that the dhamma is considered useful ("inviting inspection" etc.) because it relates to experience (see e.g. the Kalama sutta, see also the "four ...


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The most beneficial giving (dana [Pali], act of generosity) is that which is done without the thought (without the conceptual constructs) of giver, giving and reciever. The prbolem for an ordinary person, like us, is that we start evaluating the worth of the giving, worth of the person to whom it is being given and the worth of what is being given. (...


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Literal meaning is rebirth. I remember in a sutta that Buddha said his teachings do not require interpretation. Buddha's words have PREDICTIVE POWER. You can have a good guess that similar should be said with Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arrahat. for Sakadagami, once rebirth, it would fail if we apply 7 fetters to this understanding because it has exact ...


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Stream entry is a label to concisely announce that the person has the usual 3 characteristics of ''stream entry'', with what you call the lack of ''sakkāya-diṭṭhi'' being one of those. If you want to know what the lack of ''sakkāya-diṭṭhi'' is all about, which has nothing to do with being an expert on dependent origination like it is written on another ...


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In the Mahayana tradition, liberation is a step on the path to full enlightenment. To become a fully enlightened buddha, practice generosity, morality, patience, enthusiasm, meditation, and wisdom (the 6 perfections).


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Simply cultivate what you've reached and help others to find their very own path accordingly.


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If nothing is left for attainment. Why would you ask anyone else to tell you to do , is this still not a form of an attachment to views of others ? If someone is not interested in enlightenment or if it is not achieved then in particular , they would consider to promote and propagate compassion and kindness amongst beings so that it could lead to path of ...


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High intelligence could also be a prerequisite for fabricating endless destructive taught. So, I don't think its right to say IQ is a criterion. It's not intelligence which is needed, but virtue. Visakha, the great female supporter was only seven years old, when the Buddha visited her birthplace... Though she was so young, she was religious and virtuous. As ...


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The question is illogical & non-sequitur because the Pali in SN 13.1 does not contain the word "lives". Instead, SN 13.1 appears to be about the "breakthrough" and seems to be explaining the stream-enterer has seven more breakthroughs (of fetters) at most. Therefore, if reincarnation really existed (which really does not) and if SN 13.1 is understood ...


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