zazang wrote:Hello all !
This is my first post here and I am so delighted to find like-minded people who want to be out of the samsara
I have only been reading and studying for the past one year from S.N Goenka's discourses and online articles.
I have a few questions regarding Arahants :-
1. After someone becomes an Arahant , I can understand that he/she will still continue to feel physical pain. Like if suddenly a hot object
touches him/her then there will be a reaction of going away from that hot object. My question is - Is there no trace of emotional/mental pain after
becoming an Arahant or the Arahant simply controls it after it arises ?
As i understand it - the body has the pain - there is no self to hold the pain - it is the body that 'goes away from the hot object' not he/she. The sutta where the cows hide is taken off the cow then placed back on - the body is still there but the connection to the fabricated 'self' is no longer - it is not controlled - it no longer exists as a 'self' pain - self is separate from body/mind.
2. If a wild animal comes and attacks an Arahant - will he/she not defend himself/herself ?
If you are asking will he/she kill it to stay alive - i'd say no. Within parameters they may defend to prevent harm to the animal and themselves - but they would surrender to death before breaking a precept.
3. I read somewhere that when a person achieves nirvana - he/she can remain in that state for maybe a few seconds , maybe a few minutes or maybe a few hours. After he/she comes out of that state - he/she becomes an Arahant. Can that Arahant again achieve that state of Nirvana - or it is achievable only once ?
(I read that the Buddha used to get into higher Jhanas even after reaching enlightenment.)
I have trouble with "achieves" - stream enterers see the deathless for a moment - arahants in my mind are full time 24/7 ... someone else can explain better i hope...
4. From what I've read , the Buddha definitely seems to have used Jhanas to reach enlightenment. Should we all not progress in the same way ?
Bhavatu sarve mangal..
Anicca wrote:Sheesh -- what a doofus!self is separate from body/mind.
How to say it - not-self is not body/mind?
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