6[dhammastudygroup] Re: Why study?
- Jan 2, 2000I think you explained it very well, Amara.
It is true that the monks life is different from a
laypersons life. But the path - which is a path of
understanding - is the same for all. In the
commentaries, which were recorded by monks , it is
said that far more laypeople than monks attained the
stages of enlightenment including anagami, sakadagami
and sotapanna. This is not because a laypersons life
is more suitable for developing wisdom but because
there were more laypeople. The main point to realize
is that the path is an internal development. The
outward life one leads is not a reliable indication of
whether wisdom is developing.
You said that "Only those he knew would
> become the anagamis at the least or the arahantasThis is a little incorrect. The order became very
> were ordained, as well as
> those who have attained were permitted to at once. "
large later in the Buddha's life and many people
became monks or nuns who never attained any of the
paths . And even laypeople , such as his father,
became arahants. Of cause, once becoming arahant if
they were going to live longer than a week they would
enter the order.
There were numerous men and women anagamis who, even
after reaching that stage, spent the rest of their ,
sometimes long, lives as laypeople.
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