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by 4526547
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Re: Deathbed visions

From a strictly physiological, Western medicine point of view, the "normal" process of death includes increasing hypoxia with decreasing levels of oxygen in the body and increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Hallucinations are a well known and documented effect of hypoxia. Other chemical levels are ...
by 4526547
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 155
Views: 19947

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Correct. What is being explored here, Tilt, is the Mahāyāna perspective on what it means to be an arhat. I thought that Mahayana did not reject "Hinayana" sutras, just does not focus on sravaka arhatship, but instead on the path to becoming a tathagata/samyaksambuddha. I thus thought that "Hinayana...
by 4526547
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 155
Views: 19947

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

In other words, there are indeed differences in capacities between a tathagata and a "mere" arhat, but these differences are "inessential" in that arhats still attain the same goal. What matters on a personal level is the cessation of duhkha. What matters for all other beings is a different matter.
by 4526547
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 155
Views: 19947

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Indeed. I guess it depends on one's definition of full enlightenment. 10 powers, omniscience, etc. are not necessary to reach the end of duhkha. The destination (or lack thereof) of tathagatas and arhats is the same: nirvana. (Again, "Hinayana" perspective.)
by 4526547
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 155
Views: 19947

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

It seems like Astus is the only vocal one in this thread familiar with or accurately portraying the perspective of the "Hinayana" sutras. From that perspective, we have: Arhats are not reborn after death. They have escaped samsara. They are no longer subject to duhkha. They have attained the goal of...

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