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Lay arahant & death

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:13 pm

I've heard that when a lay follower becomes an Arahant he/she is on the verge of death, unless he/she joins the monastic order. Does anyone know the canonical source and explanation or commentary on it? Thanks.
Do not think lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Do not think lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

—Gotama Buddha, Dhammapada 121-122

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Re: Lay arahant & death

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Re: Lay arahant & death

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:34 pm

Thank you Mike.
Do not think lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Do not think lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

—Gotama Buddha, Dhammapada 121-122


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