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What is stream entry?

Stream Entry (Sotāpanna) is a particular state in which someone practicing the dharma has broken the first three fetters (impediments to advancement). These are: The fetter of self-view: the belief ...
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What is access concentration?

Obviously the surefire way is to consult a qualified meditation teacher. For the mean time, you could read more about access concentraion from Ven. Bodhi's "Eightfold Noble Path": When the ...
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What is the different between first path attainer from a meditative commoner?

The common meditator [outsider] has wrong views, wrong conviction, wrong opinions in regards to the instruction generally presented by the Buddha to his disciples and is considered an outsider. A ...
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Is repeating words in mind necessary to some meditations in Theravada? Why or why not?

I use mental verbalizations of the in-&-out breathing as to cut off [replacing] distracting thoughts should there be any. He should develop...mindfulness of in-&-out breathing so as to cut ...
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Looking for the source of a story about the Buddha and a lady who looked the other way

Found it. For anyone in the future who's interested. Source: THE TREATISE ON THE GREAT VIRTUE OF WISDOM OF NĀGĀRJUNA (MAHĀPRAJÑĀPĀRAMITĀŚĀSTRA) One day, accompanied by Ānanda, the Buddha went to ...
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Is the Pali Canon the final authority in the Theravada tradition?

The Buddha said that he has taught all that is necessary for liberation. He may have known more than what he taught but those things are unnecessary for liberation. So there's no need to search for ...
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Is the Pali Canon the final authority in the Theravada tradition?

The pali canon actually includes work that is not actually from the Buddha. The abhidhamma for eg are full systematic explanations of the mind and the practices that was created by the sangha to ...
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Is the Pali Canon the final authority in the Theravada tradition?

One would think that Canon is that and most will tell you that it is. It is my impression that in practice one will find that some monks might more so go by what their teacher taught, might not care ...
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