How a Buddhist attains perfection

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 19th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These are the stages a Buddhist go through to attain Nibbana. He does not go to public places boasting about his god and cursing and swearing at the non-believers and say his almighty god will cast all the non-believers to hell.

Stages of Development to Perfection

Those things which are attractive and delightful to the flies and filth-eating insects are repulsive to us, simply because we have gone beyond the level of the insects. Likewise, what you and I find attractive, will be repulsive to the Arahants and the Buddhas. Each person has to grow up and seek his or her Nibbana. The Buddha said: “no one can and no one will”. Surely, Buddhism is exoteric? If you keep on saying this is legend, that is legend, you will eventually say the existence of Sakayamuni Buddha is also legend. And of course the existence of an almighty god and almighty Brahma is history. Who is most loving and almighty? Is it the god, who even though he could hold one airplane on his two fingers of the right hand, and hold the other plane, with two of his fingers from the left hand, and safely park the planes on Narita and O’ Hare International Airports simultaneously, but yet refused to help?
For an average monk, he progresses by removing sensual desires, ill-will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and doubts. With giving up of egoism by his or her intuitive insight, attachment and hatred automatically disappear. After some years, he may reach the 1st stage of Sainthood, (Sotapanna) which means he has to be reborn for seven times, to continue his training to attain Nibbana. He will be free from rebirth in any of the lower realms of existence. A Sotapanna no longer believes in self, has no more doubt, and is no longer superstitious. His doubts about the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha are completely resolved, because he has entered the stream which is endowed with the unwavering conviction that comes with the first glimpse of the deathless. He will be reborn seven times at the most before attaining Nibbana. However, whatever a Sotapanna learnt during the previous life will not be carried forward to the next life as most people would expect. In the future lives, he has to relearn to fulfill the requirements to attain Nibbana. But not every thing he learnt during the past life is lost because in this life or the next life, he will definitely improve faster and would be able to learn better, just like a musician who may have stopped learning music for the past forty years, and if he were to study music again, he would definitely do better by then.
When a practitioner becomes a Sotapanna, (1st stage of training on: right speech, action, & living,)
he himself would not know it. Only a Buddha or an Arahant can confirm that. The Sotapanas are the stream-enterers who have unfettered experience. They attain greater steadiness, clarity and heartfulness. They continue to work on other fetters and will eventually attain Nibbana.
The 2nd stage of Sainthood is Sakadagami, (training on : right effort, mindfulness, and concentration)
which means he has to be reborn one more time in the human world to continue his training for perfection. Even at this Stage, lust and anger are only inhibited. They may resurface.

The 3rd Stage of Sainthood is Anagami, which means a Never-Returner. He practices on: right view and intention. He discerns the three characteristics of phenomenal existence, impermance, suffering and not-self. He develops full knowledge by the process of insight,in order to eradicate the roots of evils, the tendencies to attachment, aversion, and delusion. There arises in him a mental movement which raises the mind to the stage wherein he is assured of emancipation.
Anagami, with the complete elimination of sensuous desire and ill-will he experiences Nibbana as the fruit of the path, and will not be born in the human world or the celestial realms. After death in the human world, he is reborn in one of the five Pure Abodes, which are the highest realms of the Brahma worlds, called the “Sudhavas”an environment reserved for Anagamis. There he further cultivate the intuitive wisdom to attain Arahanship, thus transcending the cycle of birth and re-birth, and lives till the end of his live-term till he attains Nibbana. An Anagami has totally eradicated sensual desire and ill will. The Anagamis who have developed the fifth jhana and who possess the five faculties such as confidence, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom to an equal degree are born in the Vehapphala plane. Those who surpass in energy in Atappa plane, those who surpass in concentration in Suddassi plane, and those who surpass in wisdom in Akanittha plane.
The final Stage of Sainthood, Arahant, is one who does not need any more training as he has lived the Holy Life, and has accomplished his object. He is not subject to rebirth because he does not accumulate fresh Karmic activities. His stream of consciousness gets perfectly purified. He will no longer be affected by the eight vicissitudes : gain & loss, fame & defame, blame & praise, happiness & suffering. He remains in this world to guide others until his natural life cycle is completed and then attains Nibbana.
An Arahant is one whose mind has abolished all desires for anything whatsoever. When He sees beautiful objects, desire or attachment do not arise in him, and therefore no clinging arises. He is living his normal life term because his mental and physical aggregates still exist. This total extinction of desires, is called Nibbana, the Supreme Bliss. He has also abolished fear, hatred, worry, anxiety, mistrust, and doubt. His mind is free. Nothing can provoke or lure him, induce inquisitiveness or curiosity because He has abolished partiality.

Arahants can disconnect mind from the body to experience Nibbanic bliss, and at that time you cannot tell if they are dead or alive. Their bodies are still warm and their complexions remain fresh with healthy colour. They can do that for one week at the most.
There was a story in India about women collecting dried fire woods in the forest. They saw a person in the meditative position, but was no longer breathing. There was no heart beat either. In order to do him a favour, they gathered lots of fire woods around him and piled them up until the body was totally covered by woods. They then lighted a fire. When all the woods had been burned, they were shocked to see that man’s body was not burned, including the body hair and the clothes.
The body was able to remain alive because as the brain activity began to grow during meditation practice, the breath became more refined. Eventually all the oxygen needed was coming in via the sweat pores on the skin.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Dec 2013 (#)

A good understanding of Buddhism. Thanks

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author avatar pohtiongho
19th Dec 2013 (#)

thanks, Mark; u sure know what Buddhism is

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author avatar pohtiongho
25th Feb 2014 (#)

All the Buddhas taught the followers to avoid two extremes: indulgence in pleasure or indulgence in pain. These two extremes hold the beings in samsara. Both happiness and unhappiness are not peaceful states. Buddhists know that happiness is only a refined form of suffering. For instance when we have wealth, prestige, praise and happiness we are pleased but the mind still harbours some uneasiness because we are afraid of losing them.

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author avatar pohtiongho
30th Jul 2014 (#)

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