PeterB wrote:Because I am not a monk. I am married with a family and a job.
I think that this debate is interesting in that it points to some need for clarification in the nature and function of an Arahant.
The OP asked of anyone here had met an Arahant. I replied that I think I might have. That the person in question is widely regarded as such.
However he is not a fictional Bodhisttava emanating copies of himself and appearing and disappearing.
He is a flesh and blood person who gives no indication of having Iddhis, and in fact discourages strongly any interest in such.
He has been a Dhamma teacher for decades. he has taught monks nuns and lay people all of that time.
His talks have been transcribed and videoed and recorded.
He is totally available, although I gather that he is going to start cutting back on his teaching activities because of age.
I actually dont need to hear him teach any more. I have got the gist of it. I need to actualise it.
That means at times benefitting occasionally from the kind of inspiration that he and his senior monks can give.
I dont know how else to answer...
PeterB wrote:The particular person in question ( whether Arahant or not ) can be visited anytime..he is about 40 minutes away by car from here.
I dont get the question.
Even if he is an Arahant he can only teach what he is teaching at any given time.
He doesnt hold secret classes in Arahanthood. He just teaches Dhamma to all who come.
What he definately is, is a Theravadin monk.
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Annapurna,Annapurna wrote:The Arahant must be willing to accept "disciples"...
Not necessarily... there's a pacceka-buddha that doesn't have disciples.
Being an arahant doesn't necessarily guarantee excellent communication skills.
zazang wrote:I was wondering if anyone here has met Arhants and which branch of Buddhism they were following
zazang wrote:and what exact practice lead to their liberation ?
Lee_123 wrote:"The eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path are not steps to be followed in sequence, one after another. They can be more aptly described as components rather than as steps, comparable to the intertwining strands of a single cable that requires the contributions of all the strands for maximum strength. With a certain degree of progress all eight factors can be present simultaneously, each supporting the others."
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html
beeblebrox wrote:It was a joke, Lee. A play on Alcoholics Anonymous and their 12-step program. I don't think there was any snarkiness (or disrespect) intended.
Lee_123 wrote:beeblebrox wrote:It was a joke, Lee. A play on Alcoholics Anonymous and their 12-step program. I don't think there was any snarkiness (or disrespect) intended.
You guys ought to lay off the heavy judgmentalism. The guy made a snarky remark purporting to read my mind. He misread it.
Go meditate some more before you decide that someone's innocent post is an insult.