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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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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

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. ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

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 ...
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Is there a tremendous decrease in suffering at stream-entry?

You quoted the Nakhasikha Sutta which states that suffering that remains for a person who has attained stream entry is like dirt under the fingernail, compared to suffering remaining for an ordinary ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

Not sure about the suttas, but in Milindapanha it is said: “What is the reason that a child under seven years of age is unable to attain insight? For a child is pure in mind and should be ready ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

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 ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

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 ...
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What does "sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā" mean in AN 9.12?

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 ...
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How do Bodhisattva vow takers avoid stream entry?

I think that Mahayana literature teaches that becoming an Arhat is a temporary rest, for example: Mahayanins are urged to instead take up the path of the bodhisattva and to not fall back to the ...
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Samatha Only Wisdom

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 ...
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Samatha Only Wisdom

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, ...
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Samatha Only Wisdom

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 ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

This is a misunderstanding of the notion of IQ. Perfectly understandable — Dhammavuddho is a buddhist monastic, not a cognitive psychologist — but worth reflecting on. Focused attention is (perhaps) a ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

According to AN 6.87, one of the characteristics of a person who will be able to understand and practise the teachings of the Buddha with skillful qualities, is that they are "wise, bright and ...
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Eradication of identity view is a cause or effect of stream entry?

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 ...
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Does the Buddha suggest a change in practice after the unfolding of Sotapanna?

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 ...
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Can someone give references of the four stages of enlightenment in the four major Nikayas?

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 ...
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Eradication of identity view is a cause or effect of stream entry?

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 ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

The Intelligence Quotient measuring mental acuity does not apply without Emotional Intelligence and Empathy (capacity for Compassion). https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/article/serial-killers-...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

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 ...
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Is there a tremendous decrease in suffering at stream-entry?

In some ways this is a trick question, because the meaning of suffering in the Buddhist sense is different from the meaning of suffering in the colloquial English sense. In the Buddhist sense, ...
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