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[dsg] The Buddha's Path, Ch 8, no 11.

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  • Nina van Gorkom
    Dear friends, All eight Path factors accompany the supramundane citta at the moment of enlightenment. Defilements are subsequently eradicated at four stages of
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2010
      Dear friends,

      All eight Path factors accompany the supramundane citta at the moment
      of enlightenment. Defilements are subsequently eradicated at four
      stages of enlightenment. The supramundane cittas which experience
      nibb�na arise and then fall away immediately. The person who has not
      yet attained the fourth and final stage of enlightenment, still has
      defilements, but there are no more conditions to commit akusala kamma
      to the degree that it can produce rebirth in an unhappy plane of
      existence.
      When one reads the words �enlightenment� and �supramundane�, one may
      imagine that enlightenment is something mysterious, that it cannot
      occur in daily life. However, it is the function of right
      understanding to penetrate the true nature of realities in daily
      life, and when it has been developed to the degree that enlightenment
      can be attained, the supramundane citta which experiences nibb�na can
      arise in daily life. Enlightenment can be attained even shortly after
      akusala citta has arisen, if right understanding has penetrated its
      true nature. We read in the Psalms of the Sisters (Ther�g�th�, Canto
      I, 1) that a woman attained enlightenment in the kitchen. When she
      noticed that the curry was burnt in the oven she realized the
      characteristic of impermanence inherent in conditioned realities and
      then attained enlightenment. Events in daily life can remind us of
      the true nature of realities. If understanding could not develop in
      daily life it would not be true understanding. We read that people in
      the Buddha�s time could attain enlightenment even while they were
      hearing the Buddha preach or just after his sermon. One may wonder
      how they could attain enlightenment so quickly. They had accumulated
      the right conditions for enlightenment during innumerable lives and
      when time was ripe the supramundane cittas could arise.

      *******
      Nina.

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