Different Spiritual States

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Different Spiritual States

Postby TheWaiting » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:42 am

Ive heard of several different spiritual states which buddhist aspire to and seem very distinct from eachother but their specific differences seem a bit fuzzy too me. Among them are buddhas, arahant, bodhisattvas, and I beleive a few others. Can someone please clearly explain these too me. Both what they mean and their relation to one another (ex. if your a arahant do you have to be a bodhisattvas and if not can you be both at the same time?). As what the sub-forum says Im mostly concern what the scripture and specificly what Buddha himself says but a level of personal interpretation is welcome.

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Re: Different Spiritual States

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:57 am

If you are also after personal interpretation, I'll move the thread into a forum which accommodates personal interpretation.
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Re: Different Spiritual States

Postby Virgo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:00 am

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