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In the News (Wed 19 Jun 19)

  
  BANNER OF THE ARAHANTS
The word Arahant, one who is Enlightened after hearing and practising the teachings of a Buddha, will be defined in more detail in Chapter Two.
Most Arahants have been monks or nuns and the robes, which they wear, are their ‘banner’.
The Banner of the Arahants (Arahantaketu in Pali language) is a sign of a person striving towards the Purity, Wisdom and Compassion of Enlightenment.
www.abhidhamma.org /arahants00.htm   (1432 words)

  
  Arahat
A true arahant does not feel attracted to or repelled, by things seen (dittha), heard (suta), sensed (muta), or cognised (viññāta) and he is independent, not infatuated, and dwells with an open mind, and thus his mind is well freed with regard to the four conventions.
The true arahant understands their nature as dependently originated, and he is detached from them, and all the latent biases that arise through attachment to them are destroyed in him.
The mind of a true arahant is free from attachment, desire that is born of these sense spheres, the consciousness born thereof and the things that are known through the medium of this consciousness.
www.palikanon.com /english/pali_names/ay/arahat.htm   (3985 words)

  
 The Buddhist universe - thirty one planes of existence -
After death all beings, except the arahants, will be reborn in a realm and under circumstances that accords with their kamma — their volitional actions of body, speech, and mind made in that existence or in any previous one.
All except arahants are reborn in one or another of the thirty-one planes.
arahants have eradicated all mental defilements and have thereby eliminated the causes for rebirth with its attendant suffering.
www.hinduwebsite.com /buddhism/essays/buddha_universe.asp   (1906 words)

  
 Nibbana as Living Experience- two Studies from the Pali Canon
Both the Buddha and the arahants are recognized as equal as far as the attainment of the final goal of Nibbana is concerned.
In one place the Buddha states that in a group of 500 monks sixty are arahants with the six higher knowledges (cha.labhi~n~naa), sixty are arahants with the three clear knowledges (tevijjaa), another sixty are arahants liberated from both parts (ubhatobhaagavimutta), while the rest are arahants liberated by wisdom (pa~n~naavimutta).
Though arahants with cha.labhi~n~naa are said to have the ability of thought-reading, nowhere is it stated in the Paali Canon that arahants can discern the spiritual propensities and maturity levels of the spiritual faculties of other individuals.
www.hinduwebsite.com /buddhism/essays/nibbana_living_experience.asp   (11369 words)

  
 Buddhist Saints: The Sixteen Arahants, Luohans, Arakan, Rakan
The Sixteen Arahants are 'saints' or sages who have fully realized for themselves the Buddhist Doctrine, and have attained freedom from the cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Only 16 Arahants are actually worshipped, and these are perhaps symbolic of the four Arahants that tradition assigns to each of the four cardinal points (materialized as a region of India or of China and as a special 'paradise').
Thus, for example, the first of them, Pindola Bharadvaja, is said to reside with 1,000 of his disciples in Aparagodani, to the west; the second, Kanakavatsa, with 500 disciples, in Kashmir in the north; the tenth, Panthaka, with 1,300 disciples, in the Heaven of the 33 Gods.
pandora.nla.gov.au /pan/14286/20010703/www.buddhanet.net/history/arhats.htm   (355 words)

  
 Is Theravada Buddhism for Arahantship Ony?
But arahant is also used to refer to the disciples only, and it is in this sense that the word arahant is used hereafter in this article.
Arahants are also called Savakas or Disciples; they are subdivided into Aggasavaka (the Best Disciples), Mahasavaka (the Great Disciples) and Pakatisavaka (the Ordinary Disciples).
On the contrary, to become an Arahant is very practical, and millions of beings attained Arahantship during the time of a Buddha.
www.tbsa.org /arahant.htm   (929 words)

  
 The Worthy
The Arahants feel pain and pleasure, but their minds are neither elated by contact with pleasure, nor depressed by contact with pain.
The Buddha reproved them and added that Arahants like the Venerable Kaccāyana whose senses are well subdued, are dear to both gods and men.
Later, when the elder related to the Buddha what had happened, the Buddha told him not to blame himself, as it was just the fruit of the novice’s past kamma.
www.aimwell.org /Books/Suttas/Dhammapada/07-Arahant/07-arahant.html   (1815 words)

  
 Online edition of Daily News - Features   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
A very interesting episode on record in proof this point is the story of the poet-monk Vangisa, who during his lay life had mastered the art of telling where a dead person was reborn by tapping on his skull with his finger-nails.
When the skull of an Arahant was given to him by the Buddha himself he tried and tried but could not make his usual prediction because the Arahant was not reborn anywhere.
This means that the Arahant's skull had undergone the transformation as explained earlier and thereby become a sacred relic.
www.dailynews.lk /2003/07/09/fea06.html   (1113 words)

  
 The Buddha and His Teachings - Chapter 07   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
As they were Arahants who were freed from all sensual bonds their chief and only object was to teach the Dhamma and proclaim the Holy Life (Brahmacariya).
The original role of Arahants, who achieved their life's goal, was to work for the moral upliftment of the people both by example and by precept.
With the sixty Arahants, as ideal messengers of Truth, the Buddha decided to propagate His sublime Dhamma, purely by expounding the doctrine to those who wish to hear.
www.bps.lk /bp_library/bp_102s/page_07.html   (3075 words)

  
 Overview of the Tipitaka
Two other Councils of Arahants were held 100 and 236 years later respectively, again to rehearse the Word of the Buddha because attempts were being made to pollute the pure Teaching.
About 83 B.C., during the reign of the pious Simhala King Vatta Gamani Abhaya, a Council of Arahants was held, and the Tipitaka was, for the first time in the history of Buddhism, committed to writing at Aluvihara in Ceylon.
Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of those noble and foresighted Arahants, there is no room either now or in the future for higher critics or progressive scholars to adulterate the pure Teaching.
www.urbandharma.org /udharma/tipitaka.html   (1243 words)

  
 Is Theravada Buddhism For Arahantship Only
According to Theravada Buddhist teachings, an arahant is a person who has reached the fourth and highest stage of enlightenment.
Arahants are also called Savakas (Sravakas) or Disciples; they are subdivided into Aggasavaka (the Best Disciples), Mahasavaka (the Great Disciples) and Pakatisavaka (the Ordinary Disciples).
It is important to note that once a person becomes an arahant, he will not become a Buddha in that life; and since there is no more re-birth for him, he will not become a Buddha in the future either.
www.buddhistinformation.com /is_theravada_buddhism_for_arahan.htm   (932 words)

  
 Personality Differences of Arahants
Therefore there cannot be, according to the discourses, a difference among arahants in their destruction of taints, the final knowledge which completes one’s transfer from being an ordinary worldling (puthujjana) to a consummate noble person (ariya puggala).
Although all the arahants are similar to one another in being taintless they could be different in their ability and mastery over some of the psychic attainments.
Since Maha Kassapa is an arahant we know, according to the tradition of the Canon, that he is incapable of reverting to ‘dosa’ or anger which he has eradicated in attaining arahanthood.
www.buddhanet.net /budsas/ebud/ebsut061.htm   (11047 words)

  
 Life of Lord Buddha / image22b.JPG
The story of the Magha Puja tells of a spontaneous pilgrimage of 1,250 fully enlightened monks (Arahants) to see Lord Buddha at the Grand Temple Veruvana in the city of Rajgarh during the full moon of Magha.
The Arahants decided to make their journey independently from each other, traveling alone from many separate parts of the countryside.
One thousand of the gathered monks had previously achieved Awakening upon hearing Lord Buddha's delivery of the Fire Sermon, the remaining 250 were followers of the elder monks Venerable Moggallana and Venerable Sariputta.
www.watflorida.org /slideshows/buddhalila/pages/image22b_JPG.htm   (127 words)

  
 Teacher of the Devas
After death all beings, except the arahants, will be reborn in a realm and under circumstances that accords with their kamma -- their volitional actions of body, speech, and mind made in that existence or in any previous one.
That Lord, Bahiya, is indeed an Arahant and he teaches the Dhamma for the realization of Arahantship." As a non-returner since the time of the previous Buddha, the brahma knew precisely what Bahiya needed and he spoke the succinct truth about Buddha Gotama and his teaching.
The Arahant Kumara Kassapa once said, "Human beings are generally considered unclean, evil-smelling, horrible, revolting by the devas," so they rarely visit this world.
www.urbandharma.org /udharma/devas.html   (15517 words)

  
 Untitled
Ariyan disciples in this Religion reflect thus: "'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up that which is an obstacle to the Brahma-faring (abrahma-cariya).
Ariyan disciples in this Religion reflect thus: "'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up the telling of lies (musavada).They utter only the truth and are intent on the truth.
Ariyan disciples in this Religion reflect thus: "'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up singing and dancing, the playing of musical instruments and the watching of entertainments, which are stumbling blocks to that which is wholesome.
www.mandala.hr /3/uposat.html   (7053 words)

  
 dhammapada7
An Arahant experiences bodily heat as long as he is alive, but is not thereby worried.
As for Bellatthi Sisa, since he stored up rice before the ruling on hoarding was introduced and because he did it not out of greed for food, but only to save time for meditation practice, the Buddha declared that the monk was quite innocent and that he was not to be blamed.
*When taking their food Arahants are mindful of the three parinnas, viz., (i) nataparinna, knowing the exact nature of food, (ii) tiranaparinna, being convinced of the vileness of material food, and (iii) pahanaparinna, rejection of all pleasure in eating.
www.mahindarama.com /e-library/dhammapada7.htm   (3679 words)

  
 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Arahants
Ajahn Mun is held in steem as an Arahant within the Kammatthana tradition he founded.
He is also the most esteemed monk in the past 250 years in Thailand, so it might not be inaccurate to say that a large portion of the Buddhist community there acknowledges him as one.
In my opinion, speculation as to whether he was an Arahant or not cannot produce any useful fruit, as no one, except those who knew directly from experience, will ever know.
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=5088   (3501 words)

  
 Rajgir
With this retinue of one thousand Arahants, the Buddha entered Rajgir, where he was warmly received by Bimbisara, who became a lay follower and offered the famous Bamboo Garden (Veluvana), to the Buddha and the Sangha.
When King Bimbisara heard that the Buddha had come to Rajgir with a retinue of one thousand Arahants, he went to the Sapling Grove to meet the Buddha and was converted by the Buddha, attaining the First Stage of Sainthood.
The terrace in front of the caves is about 36.6 m long and 10.4 m at the widest point and part of the retaining wall of large unhewn stones on the outer edge can still be seen.
www.buddhistpilgrimage.info /rajgir.htm   (2190 words)

  
 Buddhist Society of Western Australia - Forum
Because the Arahant practiced the Theravadan way, he was not opened to the possibility of the precept or VOW that it is possible to return by choice (a very important point here “by choice”) to help others towards the goal of full enlightenment.
I think he is just expanding on the Mahayana idea that an arahant can choose to be reborn if there is a request, and giving the example of the historical Buddha, who didn't get a request and so chose not to be reborn.
After the "arahants" leave the gathering, the Buddha says, "Now the gathering is purified." The scene is meant to symbolize the (Mahayana) idea that not everyone is capable of receiving the higher truth.
www.bswa.org /modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=1507&forum=7&post_id=14114   (2976 words)

  
 vipassana
The arahants who have understood fully the nature of existence are always calm and peaceful.
Arahants go to Nibbana, a state of cessation of mind and matter, which means the cessation of suffering.
We may not become arahants overnight but we are heading in that direction, the right direction.
www.geocities.com /ekchew.geo/vipassana.htm   (7008 words)

  
 Ven. Acharn Mun-102
An arahant, whatever category he or she happens to be[36], is a wonderful and supreme person, both to himself and to the three realms of existence.
The life of an arahant is far different from that of an ordinary person.
'You are one of the arahants who have eradicated the seeds of birth from the mind and have thereby become a person without the seeds of becoming and birth, another object of worship for the worlds,' said the arahant disciple who visited him in his vision.
www.bdcu.org.au /BDDR/bddr12no7/Mun102.htm   (749 words)

  
 Uposatha Sila
"'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up that which is an obstacle to the Brahma-faring (abrahma-cariya).
"'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up the telling of lies (musavada).They utter only the truth and are intent on the truth.
"'All Arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up the taking of liquors and intoxicants (sura-meraya-majja-pamadatthana), of that which intoxicates, causing carelessness.
www.nku.edu /~kenneyr/Buddhism/lib/misc/uposatha.html   (6984 words)

  
 Karma
The exception made in their case is because Buddhas and Arahants, by virtue of attaining their state of mindfullness, are delivered from both good and evil.
The mindfullness of the Eightfold Noble Path has libreated them from the Sansara and has eradicated all of the ignorance and cravings that form the base of the roots of Karma.
The deeds of the Buddhas and Arahants are accepted as good and moral, and inturn those deeds are lacking creative power as regards themselves.
www.cezwright.com /dhammapada/bowls/karma.htm   (1766 words)

  
 Introduction to Buddhism -Buddhist Councils
Some of the monks who had heard the Buddha preach, in person were Arahants, and so by definition, 'pure ones' free from passion, ill-will and delusion and therefore, without doubt capable of retaining, perfectly the Buddha's words.
Indeed, it was his express wish that the Buddha always relate all of his discourses to him and although he was not yet an Arahant, he deliberately committed to memory and word for word all the Buddha's sermons with which he exhorted monks, nuns and his lay followers.
This historic first council came to be known as the Pancasatika because five-hundred fully enlightened Arahants had taken part in it.
www.mtholyoke.edu /courses/tyamashi/relig/lect7.htm   (3437 words)

  
 Interesting Sutra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Those who in past time were Arahants, fully Enlightened Ones,--pray, have you seen mind to mind with all those Exalted Ones (so as to say of them): "Such was the virtue of those Exalted Ones, such the teachings of those Exalted Ones, such their wisdom.
Those, lord, who in time past were Arahants, fully Enlightened Ones,--all of those Exalted Ones, by abandoning the five hindrances, those corruptions of the heart that weaken insight, being well established in the four stations of mindfulness, by cultivating in very truth the seven limbs of wisdom, did attain enlightenment in the unsurpassed perfect wisdom.
The Exalted One, lord, who even now is Arahant, a fully Enlightened One, by abandoning the five hindrances, those corruptions of the heart which weaken insight, he, well established in the four stations of mindfulness, by cultivating in very truth the seven limbs of wisdom, is enlightened with the unsurpassed perfect wisdom.'
home.iirt.net /~watpa/document/nalanda.html   (814 words)

  
 Visakhuposatha Sutta: Discourse to Visakha on the Uposatha
"(He considers:) 'For all their lives the Arahants dwell having abandoned distilled and fermented intoxicants which are the occasion for carelessness and refrain from them; so today I dwell, for this night and day, having abandoned distilled and fermented intoxicants which are the occasion for carelessness, refraining from them.
"(He considers:) 'For all their lives the Arahants are one-mealers, refrain from eating outside the time, desisting at night,[8] so today I am a one-mealer, refraining from eating outside the time, desisting at night.
"(He considers:) 'For all their lives the Arahants refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garments, smartening with perfumes and beautifying with cosmetics; so today I refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing ornaments, smartening with perfumes and beautifying with cosmetics.
www.vipassana.com /canon/anguttara/an8-43.php   (1550 words)

  
 Nibbana Sermon 13
Arahants also enter a house, but they do not enter into the concept of `a house'.
In the case of an arahant, who has accomplished his task and is influx-free, a concept like `house', `mansion', or `pal­ace' has no in­fluence by way of craving, conceit and views.
How­ever philosophical or technical the terminol­ogy may be, the arahants make use of it without grasping it tena­ciously.
www.beyondthenet.net /calm/nibbana13.htm   (7234 words)

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