Among the Thais who attended the event marking Khruba Bunchum's emergence from his cave, I often heard references to the monk as a new arahant
who had attained that status through his three years of solitary meditation.
While this pithy wisdom might seem quite different from the open acceptance of superstitions in Arahant
Summer, this film entertains Buddhist children in another way--it depicts the protagonist monk as a comedian (indeed, the actor who plays Luang Phi Teng, Pongsak Pongsuwan, is one of Thailand's most popular stand-up comedians).
Nibbana is also presented in the concluding verses as the ultimate outcome of meritorious activity motivated by faith, including worshipping Buddhas, Paccekabuddhas, arahants
, and venerable people.
42) The words of the renowned arahant
who according to tradition brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka would naturally have carried great weight.
It is the Tathagata, the Arahant
, the Perfectly Enlightened One, This is that one person.
In summary, Buddhadasa had no doubt that women--the mother gender--can accomplish the transcendent path of Buddhism, as they demonstrate the virtues of the Buddha and arahant
when they play their maternal role.
In a paper on "Women and the Arahant
Issue in Early Pali Literature," however, Ellison Banks Findly (76) argues that women "were not granted arahant
status by virtue of the prevailing social standards.
Later this school was named Ananda College after Arahant
Ananda, the most devoted disciple of the Buddha.
6] However, this was an asceticism not of the world-fleeing arahant
but of the bodhisattva.
The chapter then works out the four stages of awakening in Theravada Buddhism, beginning with "stream entry" and concluding with the arahant
Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi) to spread Buddhism and established the Sambuddhasasana in Germany and other Western countries as Arahant
Mahinda had done in Sri Lanka 2300 years ago.
Some depict topics found in other sites, but others, such as Buddhist councils and palm-leaf copyists, famous pagodas, Arahant
in shrines (pyathat),and even a nat theme ('Lake of the Lord of Taung-byon') are new.
The least serious act of killing is one where an insect or animal is killed; the intermediate level of seriousness is one where a human being is killed; and the most serious level is where one kills one's father or mother, or an enlightened being such as an Arahant
, Paccekabuddha or bodhisatta (22 220).
With King Devanampiya Tissa becoming a Buddhist after the coming of Arahant
Mahinda, abahya daana (sparing lives) was given to all animals by royal decree.
This story demonstrates the inevitability of karma, even while it equivocates in demonstrating the salvific power of the Buddha by allowing a mass murderer to become an arahant