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Abhidhamma View : The Stream-Enterer
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @sariputtadhamma/JTN]CMA IX, p. 358 - 359:Herein, having developed the path of stream-entry, by abandoning wrong views and doubts one becomes a stream-enterer, one who has escaped from rebirth in woeful states and will be reborn at most seven more times.
A stream-enterer is one who has entered the stream that leads irreversibly to Nibbaana, that is, the Noble Eightfold Path. A stream-enterer has cut off the coarsest three fetters --personality view, doubt, and adherence to rules and rituals; he has unshakable confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha: and he is free from the prospect of rebirth in any of the woeful realms. Of the four taints (aasava), he has eliminated the taint of wrong views, and of the fourteen unwholesome cetasikas he has eliminated wrong view and doubt, and according to the Commentaries, also envy and avarice. He has freed himself as well from all degrees of defilements strong enough to lead to rebirth in the woeful planes. His conduct is marked by scrupulous observance of the Five Precepts: abstinence from taking life, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech, and use of toxicants.There are three types of stream-enterer:
1) One who will be born seven times at most in the human and celestial worlds (sattakkhattuparama).
2) One who takes birth in good families two or three times before attaining Arahantship (kolankola).
3) One who will be reborn only once more before attaining the goal (ekabiijii).Sutta References:
(I) Then Anathapindika the householder, surrounded by about 500 lay followers, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. So the Blessed One said to Ven. Sariputta: "Sariputta, when you know of a householder clothed in white, that he is restrained in terms of the five training rules and that he obtains at will, without difficulty, without hardship, four pleasant mental abidings in the here & now, then if he wants he may state about himself: 'Hell is ended; animal wombs are ended; the state of the hungry shades is ended; states of deprivation, destitution, the bad bourns are ended! I am a stream-winner, steadfast, never again destined for states of woe, headed for self-awakening!'
AN 5.179 Gihi Sutta : http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html(II) "A virtuous monk, Kotthita my friend, should attend in an appropriate way to the five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. Which five? Form as a clinging-aggregate, feeling... perception... fabrications... consciousness as a clinging-aggregate. A virtuous monk should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a virtuous monk, attending in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant... not-self, would realize the fruit of stream-entry."
SN 22.122 Silavant Sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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