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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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References in classic literature ?
When the click of his rosary again broke the hush of the inner court where the calm images of the Arhats stand, a novice whispered, Thy chela is here,' and the old man strode forth, forgetting the end of that prayer.
Many times when I returned from my Search to this Temple, which has always been a nest to me, there came one seeking Enlightenment - a man from Leh - that had been, he said, a Hindu, but wearied of all those Gods.' The lama pointed to the Arhats.
Buddhism differentiates between the agency of aryas (noble persons), that is, Buddhists with some degree of enlightenment (those at the rank of stream-enterers, once-returners, non-returners, and Arhats, (15) and/or those well established in the strong insight that leads to each of these), on the one hand, and non-aryas, on the other.
Arhat Terrace is listed by Yanyi as one of the numinous traces of the Northern Terrace.
Since then a number of scholars (10) have rehearsed Poussin's claim, notably Lamotte who "believed that Vakkali's case represented the normative position of early Buddhism according to which an arhat may kill himself (Delhey "Vakkali," 72 note 12).
It also differs from the general goal of the mainstream, which was to realize the nirvana of the arhat. Was there really a bodhisattva movement focused on realizing the perfect wisdom that effects full awakening?
The only difference is that the arhat knows this, but the "worldling" (puthujjana) (17) does not, and takes the pragmatic reference to be substantive.
The manner in which the arhat Pindola is "consecrated" as the image of the Buddha by King Asoka may be important evidence for the presence of the sacred in the immediate object of devotion, but this story is relegated to a footnote (p.
1b-4b, which is a record (lo rgyus) of a meeting between Buddhacandra, Sakyasri's brother, and a Singhalese arhat who gave the former a number of precious items, including relics of the Buddha and flowers.
The painting depicts Emperor Asoka requesting his son Arhat Mahinda to set off to Sri Lanka from Sanchi in Vidisha with the message of Buddhism and Theri Sanghamitta and the sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree being received in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century BC.