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7[dhammastudygroup] Re: Why study?

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  • amara chay
    Jan 2, 2000
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      >From: Robert Kirkpatrick <robertkirkpatrick@...>
      >Reply-To: dhammastudygroup@egroups.com
      >To: dhammastudygroup@egroups.com
      >Subject: [dhammastudygroup] Re: Why study?
      >Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2000 17:42:40 -0800 (PST)
      >I 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 arahantas
      > > were ordained, as well as
      > > those who have attained were permitted to at once. "
      >This is a little incorrect. The order became very
      >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.

      Thank you for the precisions,
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