There has during the past two decades been growing popular interest in arahants
An interesting conundrum that follows from this analysis is that arahants
have put an end to kamma and its results, yet arahants
surely have intentions.
We wear the "banner of the arahants
," our symbolic robes, and our purpose is to urge others to find their way to higher, purer states of consciousness; we also have to practice with perseverance so we can transcend our own egos.
Those living exemplars, as charismatic and clairvoyant as the Buddha walking unscathed on an open road: Roaring roshis, shamanic lamas, wizardly tulkus, and wonder-working arahants
It commemorates a day when 1,250 arahants
came to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama and he addressed them and gave them the teachings called Ovadapatimokha, laying down the principles of Buddhist teachings.
110") discusses the (in)famous passage of the Mahavamsa in which a group of arahants
legitimizes king Dutthagamani's killing of millions of men in battle by pointing out that because of their wrong views those soldiers (except two) were to be regarded as animals.
3) The Dipavamsa does, indeed, mention the names of Sanghamitta's companions: ten bhikkhunis, all arahants
with psychic powers.
The Mahavamsa states (25:104) that the arahants
Such ability of bhikkhunis to become arahants
is a recurring topic in the early discourses.
We feel nurtured and supported by the knowledge that we have fully entered into the Sangha, and are practising within the same community as the arahants
Nibbana is also presented in the concluding verses as the ultimate outcome of meritorious activity motivated by faith, including worshipping Buddhas, Paccekabuddhas, arahants
, and venerable people.
The strongest evidence that certain acts are evaluated as kusala independently of vipaka is perhaps that the acts of arahants
are said to be kusala, yet to issue in no vipaka; that, however, would seem to be a special case.