Stream-entry is very simple, there is nothing supernatural about it. Stream-entry is when the practitioner has fully understood the vision behind Buddha's teaching, has fully assembled the puzzle, and now has no doubts about what Buddha meant when he said certain things or why he said them. Having a clear vision of what Buddha was referring to includes ...
Does a person have a glimpse of Nibbana in a moment of true mindfulness and the three fetters drop away?
Yes, this is the correct explanation. The path of purification is as follows:
The meditator undertakes the practice of morality, specifically guarding the mind from unwholesomeness (sīlavisuddhi)
Guarding the mind, the meditator cultivates focus, ...
If you find it difficult to meditate you may not have enough merits.
Your bad karma is obstructing you from meditating, either ones performed in this life or previous ones. Remember that it is because of our merits that we can even encounter the dharma.
First develop sufficient merits. Do dana and develop sila. Some people spend years developing their sila ...
Tibetan Buddhism recognizes two kinds of milestones: "experiences" and "realizations".
Experiences are all kinds of extraordinary moments one has along the way. Like the experience of non-duality: "I am what they call God, the true goal of all religions and the real meaning of love". Experiences come and go. They leave memories, but they don't stay with you ...
I am familiar with the story of Ñāṇavīra Thera, and while I deeply appreciate his work, esp. on 12 Nidanas, which for me is a good evidence that he indeed could have been a stream-enterer, I feel that his suicide was a very unfortunate outcome of the bad karma he created in the past. This karma, in its turn, came from a chain of negative mind states that ...
I'm not sure if it corresponds in every respect with stream entry but in Japanese Zen they generally distinguish Kenshō, the initial seeing of one's nature, from full Buddhahood so I think it is at least analogous to stream entry.
I'm not sure how this is talked about in forms of Zen outside of Japan (such as Chinese Chan, Vietnamese Zen, and Korean Seon) ...
For stream entry to happen you have to go beyond the realm of mind and matter (Nirvana). Momentarily your faculties stop working you enter into Nirodha Samapatti / Phala Samapthi. When going in to this stake you see the links of Dependent Origination in the forward direction and when you come out of it you see it in the reverse direction. Depending on the ...
This passage is according to the abhidhamma treatment of the attainment of nibbana. The two to three mind moments (yes, that's what it means) are called anulomañāṇa ("anuloma~naa.na") - knowledge of conformity, the twelfth stage of knowledge.
The Visuddhimagga (XXII.128) describes this according to the abhidhamma:
128. As he repeats, develops and ...
When one attains stream entry, one should notice that one has no more identity view, doubt and ritual attachments. Whether one knows that it is called the state of Sotapanna or Nibbana, depends on one's knowledge of the teaching. Take a Pacceka Buddha for example. He also attains stream entry before becoming a Buddha. But he wouldn't know the state by name.
There are 5 ways to start your journey:
listening to the Dharma
teaching the Dharma
reciting the Dharma
reflecting on the Dharma
joy arises in him;
because of joy, zest arises;
because of zest, the body becomes tranquil;
when the body is tranquil, he feels happiness;
a happy mind becomes concentrated.
No, a stream enterer is much more than that. A stream enterer has experienced Nibbana first hand and is changed in a permanent way because of it. Stream entry totally destroyes the first three fetters of self view, doubt about the validity of the teachings, and clinging to rites and rituals.
A person who knows the teachings of the Buddha are true and ...
When it comes to Stream Entry the following should happen:
You should have seen the dependent origination first hand in both direction
The lower fetters would have dropped
You should know the 4 Noble Truths 1st hand
You can see the Marks of Existence (necessary but not sufficient)
The most unmistakable of this is 1. I think when you get in and out of Pala ...
I believe there are probably a few ways to enter the stream.
I have entered the stream (as a lay person)
Having no parents has really helped me to connect more deeply with the
true nature of the way things are. I have had little conditioning, no
preconceptions. As an autodidact, things have been revealed to me
intuitively over many years.
For the last ...
I think one would find it nearly impossible not to gain stream entry if they've been observing their emotions and reality for two or more decades. I'm even inclined to take the Buddha's estimate of 7 days and nights to a maximum of 7 years to gain arhatship on face value.
I don't think it's that difficult, most people spend 15 years studying hard to become ...
Factors for Stream Entry.
Then the Venerable Sāriputta approached the Blessed One, paid homage
to him, and sat down to one side. The Blessed One then said to him:
“Sāriputta, this is said: ‘A factor for stream entry, a factor for
stream-entry.’ What now, Sāriputta, is a factor for stream-entry?” (1)
‘Association with superior persons, venerable sir, is a ...
No, they're not describing the same kind of thing. Stream Entry (i.e. the thing which a Stream Enterer achieves) is a particular achievement en route to full enlightenment. Devoutness, then, is merely one aspect of living that may help one reach that achievement.
Another analogy is weight lifting. Someone can be "devout" in the sense of being serious. ...
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 going up and down endlessly. But once you get a clear idea of the science behind the body weight, you start eating healthy and exercising. Then you can draw a burn-...
"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 'When I exert a fabrication against this cause of dukkha, then from the fabrication of exertion there is dispassion. When I look on with equanimity at that ...
I do not find any merit in discussing suicide because in my mind it is not on the path. It is a dead end street. It is like jumping off the train - you don't get to your destination.
If someone is a stream enterer, they might still get stuck in the folly of the human mind. Taking one's physical life is a sign that you take the personal self too seriously and ...
To build upon Crab's answer, stream enterer is simply one that really gets the teaching of Buddha. As in, clearly sees what Buddha meant and why: what Enlightenment is, what Nirvana is, how karma works, how suffering originates and ceases, sees how the three marks of existence are true, sees how pratitya-samutpada is true, etc. (When I say "clearly sees" I ...
The Pali Canon definition of a stream entrant is one who have abandoned the first three fetters namely
Clinging to rites and rituals
(There are 10 fetters, all of which must be broken before enlightenment)
So quoting from the Alagaddupama Sutta
Monks, in this Teaching that is so well proclaimed by me and is plain,
Many in pali cannon have achieved stream enterer without mediation. when sariputtra (Buddha's chief decipher) was a lay person.. he met A monk Elder Assaji. He was so impressed with monk's demeanor, he asked him who was his teacher and what were his teachings. Ven. Assaji, said he was new to this monastic life and could not explain the teaching ...
For me and my own practice I would venture the answer as a tentative yes - meditation is necessary or at the very least a part of the path. I like to think in terms of the three fold path for things like this. So if you have a practice of ethics, meditation and an appreciation of wisdom (i.e. the Buddha's teachings) then you're going in the right way. ...
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 meditation experiences and this is a sign they could be on the wrong track so to speak. Another meditator, can't seem to get stablized and the practice causes great ...
There are a number of Thera- and Therī-gāthā poems which feature men and women with many years experience and no realisation.
Anon (Thī 67-71) begins:
paṇṇavīsativassāni, yato pabbajitā ahaṃ.
25 rainy season since I went forth and,
Peace of mind has eluded me, even for a finger snap.
Also Sāmā (Thī 39-41) ...
How does a reborn stream-winner know that he or she is one?
Like a math or music prodigy who can easily recall their skillset through just some basic exposure to music or math, a stream-winner would be like that, if not much quicker or even instantaneous since Path/Fruit are supra-mundane skills, unlike mundane fields like math/music.
There're concrete ...