Re: [SanghaOnline] Arahat or Sayadaws who didnt' know Abhidhamma
- Knowing Abhidhamma as it is in the books is not a requirement for an
arahatship. Studying Abhidhamma the way we have been doing for about two
hundred years in Myanmar, since Htan-da-pin Sayadawgyi's Vernacular analysis
of Abhidhamma (Nya-wah) is to approach the arahatship through an academic
To be a good practitioner, it is NOT necessary to be an academic/scholar.
And, understanding of dukkha, which is the main requirement for attaining
enlightement is NOT confined to academic/scholastic way of learing the
Dhamma, only. In fact, many meditation teachers agree that people with much
scholastic opinion tends to take a longer road to freedom; at times, more
theoretical than practical.
Sunlun Sayadaw realised dukkha as it was; the same was true to Thei-in-gu
Sayadaw. That was sufficient for enlightenment. They did not need to walk a
long path like us through detailed study. They were beings with
advanced/mature faculties; and thus had no need of sharpening their senses
through scholastic exercises.
I hope this helps.
Yours truly in the Dhamma,
On 1/19/07, sofgld <sofgld@...> wrote:
> Dear Venerables
> I know there were some famous monks who were known
> locally in Myanma(Burma) as arahats or anagams were not verse with
> Soon-Lun Sayadaw U Kawi
> Thare Inngu Sayadaw
> These monks could answer all the Abhidhamma questions asked
> simple usage.
> I am sure there were more and wish to know their names.
> I shall appreciate if the Venerables could
> list them here or private email me in case you
> don't want to reply it here.
> With great respect to all the Sanghas here
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- Bhante, thank you for your time.
I was asking for the names of monks who were liberated without studying Abhidhamma.
I know Abhidhamma and its usefulness for insight.