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Buddhism: The Means. The Sangha. The Sangha. This has several layers of meaning: Worldwide community of Buddhists The monastic community in general A monastic community (Like Samye Ling) The Aryasangha. The Sangha. The Aryasangha

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Buddhism the means

Buddhism: The Means

The Sangha


The sangha

The Sangha

  • This has several layers of meaning:

    • Worldwide community of Buddhists

    • The monastic community in general

    • A monastic community (Like Samye Ling)

    • The Aryasangha


The sangha1

The Sangha

  • The Aryasangha

    • This includes all Buddhists (both lay and monastic) who have reached enlightenment.

    • Sometimes called the ‘noble sangha’.


Mahayana bodhisattvas

Mahayana Bodhisattvas

  • Having attained liberation, arya bodhisattvas can:

    • Live as long as they wish.

    • Enter and arise from limitless types of meditation.

    • Find everything they need.

    • Be born whenever and wherever they wish.

    • They can go to any pure-land Buddha-field that they wish.

    • Understand all the words and meanings of the Dharma.


Therevada

Therevada

  • In the Therevada tradition there are four stages of enlightenment:

    • Stream-enterer.

    • Once-returner.

    • Non-returner.

    • Arhat.


Therevada1

Therevada

  • Stream-enterer.

    • The stream-enterer is said to have "opened the eye of the Dharma".

    • A stream-enterer will reach arhatshipwithin seven rebirths.

    • The stream-enterer has attained perfect understanding of several aspects of the Dhamma including ‘right view’ and has complete confidence in The Three Jewels.

    • A Stream-enterer will not be reborn in any world lower than the human.


Therevada2

Therevada

  • Once-returner.

    • They may have more than one rebirth still to go but only one as a human.

    • The once-returner has weakened the hold that the Three Root Poisons have over him/her to a greater degree than a stream-enterer.


Therevada3

Therevada

  • Non-returner.

    • Non-returners will not be reborn as a human.

    • They are reborn in one of the five "Pure Abodes", and will attain Nibbana from there.


Therevada4

Therevada

  • Arhat.

    • Requires no further training.

    • Is a fully enlightened person.

    • Upon death they will never be reborn in any world, having completely escaped Samsara. This is called parinibbana.


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