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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 achieve stream entry in this very life?

A stream enterer loses the first three fetters: personality view/belief in a personal entity, belief in rites and rituals, and doubt in the Buddha's teachings. Yes. And it's possible to go further ...
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Apparently stream-entrants are destined to attain Nibbana but what about non-stream-entrants?

Say, you wanted to lose weight and stay healthy. If you have no idea about Calories, Carbs, Fat, and Exercise - you may spend years randomly trying all types of foods, fasting, etc. - your weight ...
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Would a stream enterer no longer need the "I am the owner and heir of my karma" reflection?

"the monk, when not loaded down, does not load himself down with pain, nor does he reject pleasure that accords with the Dhamma, although he is not infatuated with that pleasure. He discerns that ...
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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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Ego death and stream entry is it the same thing?

Temporary ego death & stream entry are not necessarily the same thing. Temporary 'ego death' can occur in different ways that are not 'stream entry'. For example, temporary ego death can occur ...
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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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MN 137 - Directed only to Stream Entrants (and beyond)?

The way my teacher explained a crucial point about this was summarized with a single but powerful word: Immediacy! At some point in our practice our familiarity with Dharma should go beyond it being ...
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Is become a stream-enterer (sotāpanna) enough?

The Pali word translated as "existence" is "bhava". "Bhava" is a mental asava (defilement) and not another life. There are 10 fetters to break through for Arahantship. The stream-enterer has broken ...
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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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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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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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Is become a stream-enterer (sotāpanna) enough?

Attaining Stream Entry is like attaining a black belt in martial arts (real deal black belt, not McDonald-style handout type). Once one's practiced for that long and that consistent to be able to earn ...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

...then if he wants he may state about himself: 'Hell is ended; animal wombs are ended; the state of the hungry shades is ended; states of deprivation, destitution, the bad bourns are ended! I am a ...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

When and how should a layperson... I wouldn't say "should" (i.e. are "required" to), of course. But "may" (i.e. are "allowed" to)? I think that monks "must not" i.e. they're required not to, by the ...
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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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Can a stream enterer commit suicide?

It is unlikely the monk named Ñāṇavīra Thera was a stream-enterer because his notes on Dependent Origination are very confusing despite some of his ideas being valid (such as "my birth" & "my ...
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How does stream entry occur?

Does a person have a glimpse of Nibbana in a moment of true mindfulness and the three fetters drop away? Yes. In a moment of true mindfulness and equanimity, nibbana can happen and when it does, the ...
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Is stream entry in 20 or 30 years of practice realistic?

If you have enough belief in Dhamma and your meditation teacher, purified Sila(at least five precepts), relentless effort for insight meditation, you will surely get sustainable concentration to ...
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Stream winner reborn as human

Here's my take on Qn 1, 3 and 4. How does a reborn stream-winner know that he or she is one? I don't think he or she will know unless they have attained the super-mundane powers like the ...
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How to identify a sotapanna (stream enterer)

To find or identify noble people can be difficult, even impossible, because you yourself must have some idea about the True Dhamma to be able to do this. Therefore, a problem arises similar to the ...
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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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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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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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