• Your followup questions indicate that we might not have the same definition to the word Arahant. By my definition, an Arahant is someone who has:

    1. Experientially accumulated the five Insights which lead to awakening (Impermanence; suffering; no-self; emptiness; interconnectedness)
    2. Realized the true nature of reality
    3. Reached Nirvana
    4.…[Read more]

  • Very true!

    So, to be most precise:

    “There are no enlightened individuals, only an enlightened state” 🙂

  • Enlightened behavior is indeed an excellent measuring stick to arahanthood.

    Having said that, we mustn’t forget that enlightenment is first and foremost a *cognitive* event, which holds profound implications over the individual’s emotional well-being. It’s marked by gaining Insight into the true nature of existence and achieving Nirvana –…[Read more]

  • Of course, it is! 🙂

    It’s possible to become an Arahant today just as it was in the past, and it will remain a possibility in the future as well.

    Awakening, enlightenment, Nirvana, and Arahanthood can be achieved by anyone who’ll work patiently, diligently and effectively. Those who follow the detailed meditation instructions in TMI can reach…[Read more]

  • Oded replied to the topic What is this called? in the forum Meditation 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Awareness (in its general sense) is defined in TMI as any imprint or registration upon a nervous system that is capable of producing an effect, either immediately or after some delay.

    Becoming aware of breath sensations and physical activities (e.g., driving) is considered to be Conscious Awareness; the portion of the content of awareness in the…[Read more]

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