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n. Buddhism
One who has attained enlightenment.

[Sanskrit, from present participle of arhati, he deserves.]

ar′hat·ship′ n.
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(Buddhism) a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvana. Compare Bodhisattva
[from Sanskrit: worthy of respect, from arhati he deserves]
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(ˈɑr hət)

a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana. Compare Bodhisattva.
[1865–70; < Skt: meriting respect <arhati (he) merits]
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The term is tied conceptually to the earliest liberated monks (arahants).
(12) The 21 names of these lay "arahants" is listed with pre-eminent laymen at A.iii.450.
There has during the past two decades been growing popular interest in arahants in Thailand.
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. (= A rhetorically-charged display of the rhetorics of display.)
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.
(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 (i.e.
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.
Some of the images, for example a hall of "arahants", are more reflective of Chinese Buddhism than of Southeast Asian forms.
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 of old.
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.