16 Arhat Meditation

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16 Arhat Meditation

Postby kirtu » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:54 am

Here is the text of the 16 Arhat puja from the Sakya tradition.

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"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: 16 Arhat Meditation

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu May 31, 2012 10:21 pm

The first I read of a Arhat was described in my book about the venerable Gotama Buddha.
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Re: 16 Arhat Meditation

Postby kirtu » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:51 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:The first I read of a Arhat was described in my book about the venerable Gotama Buddha.


Yes, an Arhat is a being who is personally liberated from samsara: they eliminated the causes of rebirth from their mindsteam. However in the Mahayana this is not seen as full liberation as they didn't continue to train to full Buddhahood.

In the 16 Arhats text, the Arhats are actually Bodhisattvas who are appearing as Arhats in order to preserve and spread the Buddhdharma.

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