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Attaining the supreme goal in mere months back then?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Attaining the supreme goal in mere months back then?

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:30 pm


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Re: Attaining the supreme goal in mere months back then?

Postby santa100 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:35 pm

I'm sure the environment back then was MUCH MUCH more conducive for the training: one enjoyed the luxury of direct instruction from the Buddha, who was the best teacher ever lived; one didn't have to work at least 8 hours a day, and quite often, 10-15 hours in this current economy; minimal distractions (no TV, radio, Internet, computer, blogs, chat rooms, social networks like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter,... and countless other distractions the modern era has given us). Also, the brains of the folks back then didn't have to operate in constant "overload" mode like us all the time. Life was simple and laid-back. Yep, that's why. There should be no surprise...

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Re: Attaining the supreme goal in mere months back then?

Postby cooran » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:46 pm

Hello ytrog,

Can you imagine the immense good kamma that a ‘flux of becoming’ (a being) must have to be born when they will meet, hear, and understand the Teachings given by a SammasamBuddha?

These beings had put in the hard yards previously, and only needed a little assistance to reach Nibbana.
Some were only seven years of age.
Who was the youngest arahant?
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Then there were others, like Ven. Ananda, who, though daily in the presence of the Blessed One, took years and years and years due to being busy with other duties. Seems to depend also upon the time you are able to devote to practice, how you keep your sila etc.

With metta
Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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