gregkavarnos wrote:And I know of people that believe they are Buddhists and believe that Buddhism is racist and a justification for white power.
Samsara, gotta love it!
jeeprs wrote:I don't think that is the full story, actually. I believe that 'Aryan' was associated with a particular cultural heritage, specifically, the speakers of languages and dialects such as Sanskrit/Prakrit languages - the Indo-Europeans. These were the 'Aryas' in distinction from the various other ethnic and cultural groups that were encountered in the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere. (For instance, 'Iran' is actually a version of 'Aryan')
Son of Buddha wrote:here is where the term can be located in Sutta
Jnana wrote:Son of Buddha wrote:here is where the term can be located in Sutta
It's also used in the name of one of the most important Buddhist teachings: the four noble truths (catvāri āryasatyāni). The Lalitavistara Sūtra:
These four, monks, are noble truths (āryasatyāni). Which four? Unsatisfactoriness, the origin of unsatisfactoriness, the cessation of unsatisfactoriness, and the way of practice leading to the cessation of unsatisfactoriness.
And the fourth noble truth is the noble eightfold path (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga). There's also the noble disciple (āryaśrāvaka) that you mentioned in the OP, being a disciple who has attained stream-entry, and the noble bodhisattva (āryabodhisattva), being a bodhisattva who has attained the first bodhisattva bhūmi, and so on.
Son of Buddha wrote:I didnt know it was used in a Mahayana Sutra though.I couldnt ever find the term,Ill read into the Lalitavistara sutra.
Son of Buddha wrote:yea in the Digha Nikaya Sangiti sutta 33 it says the same thing about the 4 noble truths,I didnt qoute the entire sutta but at the begining of every teaching and dicription of all the different followers they are given the term Aryan,generally every single aspect of the Buddhst path in this sutta is termed Aryan,have you gotten an chance to read the sutta yet?It contains almost every single Buddhist teaching striped down from the storylines and compacted into one sutta(teachings from the pali canon perspective)
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