The threefold knowledge

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The threefold knowledge

Postby mahaviro » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:26 am

I would like to know about the Threefold Knowledge (Vijja 3)
Tell me please, If someone can know or attain in each of the threefold knowledge such as
One can know super normal knowledge which enables one to remember the various past courses of one’s own existences. Which level of the one can be attain? for example, one who has attained the third stage of holiness etc. :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: The threefold knowledge

Postby BlackBird » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:27 am

It would seem to me that the threefold knowledge is peculiar to the way a Samma-sam-Buddha attains enlightenment. As many savakas attained ariyanship without attaining supernormal powers such as past life recollection.

There has already been some discussion on this topic here:

These discussions seem to be mostly speculative though.

In my personal opinion, it is much more important to become a sotapanna than it is to recollect past lives. People should focus their efforts on nibbana, rather than attaining super powers :)

"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven Bodhesako

Nanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma | Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca
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