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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

There are 5 ways to start your journey: listening to the Dharma teaching the Dharma reciting the Dharma reflecting on the Dharma meditation Followed by: joy arises in him; because of joy, zest ...
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How to get to know the state of mind

"clear darkness with peace of mind" is an experience of Samadhi. It's neither Sothapanna nor Sakadagami. When you attain Sothapanna, it makes a permanent change in you. The self view, attachment to ...
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How to recognize stream entry?

Stream-entry is to have verified confidence in the Dhamma, which is seen here & now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be realized by the wise for themselves. What this means is to ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

Right view is the leader ('forerunner') of the path. When you realize idle chatter leads to more dukkha, this is right view leading your speech. When the mind maintains right speech in communication, ...
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Can a person get into any stage of enlightenment without being aware of it?

Samyutta Nikaya - Maha Vaggo (2) Sotapatti Samyuttaya Here you can find sutta where Buddha explains who a Sotapatti stream winner is. Unwavering impression of Buddha Unwavering impression of ...
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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

You could attain stream entry at any moment for seemingly no reason. Perhaps "self inquiry" would be something you could get into? People who practice insight often have great and wonderful ...
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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

Please point out if my line of thought is flawed. It is an established principle since the time of the Buddha there are two types of teachings: mundane, worldly or moral teachings (lokiya dhamma) ...
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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 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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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

When I look at this translation, The text says "skillful means", not "lie" Sariputa is asked twice whether that's deception: The first time he replies "no" because the children get carts instead ...
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Paths of Buddhism & Possibility of Compassion

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. ...
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Can a person get into any stage of enlightenment without being aware of it?

Especially the stream-enterer in some cases if not fully guided by the meditation master will not be identify clearly which stage he/she achieve. Only with the help of the meditation master who can ...
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Does any other sect of Buddhism have the stages of insight?

Other sects definitely have plenty of "stages", just not necessarily the same ones. For example in Tibetan Buddhism there's not just one text but a whole genre of texts called "Stages ...
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A view of the self

Sakkāyadiṭṭhi means to view one or more of the aggregates as a real solid inherent self. Mana is simply conceit; a fleeting self-view arising in the mind it is superior to 'another'. Both 'self' & ...
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is jhana required to realize the four supramundane paths?

Jhanas are required to realize Non-Return & Arahant (AN 3.86); although lower jhanas are probably required for 'Once-Return' because AN 7.15 says the 'Once-Returner' has "crossed over" ...
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How are 'conceit' and 'identity-view' not the same?

Simile: The little boy believes in Santa Clause. At seven years of age, he discards the belief and concludes that Santa Clause is not real and never actually existed. He has eradicated the Santa ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

Some sequence at the beginning of the practice would be helpful. Please see Ven. Bodhi's excellent "The Noble Eightfold Path", especially the sequence of practice described in Chapter2.
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Paths of Buddhism & Possibility of Compassion

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 ...
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Personal practice regarding stream entry

It could be access concentration or first jhana. In that case, good job! Remember not to yearn for it when you next meditate. Just do what you've been doing. On the other hand, you say the space ...
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Personal practice regarding stream entry

Stream-winning is experiencing the absence of self is peaceful & liberating, which also results in unshakable faith (trust) in the teachings.
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What was Buddha's purpose in constructing The Four Stages of Enlightenment?

The four stages define what the basis of enlightenment is, namely, losing the belief in an inherent self ("stream-entry") ; and, at the same time, further define what full enlightenment is ("arahant"),...
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How to get to know the state of mind

At sotapanna state, 3 of the 10 fetters will be disappeared from mind -- they are: sakkayaditti (feeling of myself and mine) wichikichcha (doubt on 8 things, includes buddha, dhamma, sanga, ...) ...
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What did the Buddha mean by "the stage beyond study" in the Shurangama Sutta?

Probably the word ASekkha. From Ven. Buddhadatta's Pali-English dictionary: asekkha : one who does not require any further training. (m.) an Arahant.
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Relationship between the 5 higher fetters and the Three Characteristics or the Three Doors

Like they say on reddit, the 3 doors are not in the suttas. The 3 doors are some inventions from the commentators of some mix of commentaries, abidhammas, and suttas. Those are not the dhamma. Even ...
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What are the requirements for Once-returner?

The once returner just destroys the 3 fetters and reduce lusts Again, Sāriputta, consider the person who is accomplished in the precepts, but not in concentration, nor in wisdom — by destroying the ...
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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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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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