, by George D. Bond
This was just added to the Early Buddhism Resources thread.
This paper may be helpful to the discussion. Bond outlines an accretion of textual development and treatment of the arahant ideal in the Pāḷi Nikāyas; viz. what started as an immediate liberation fairly accessible to the ordinary person in the present life (diṭṭhe va dhamme), morphed into later developments of the discourses, where, as the doctrinal tenets regarding the path and the noble person are padded-out, the means becomes increasingly difficult and attainment of liberation more rarified to meet in one lifetime.
This paper also discusses commentarial treatment of the arahant, and some amusing scholarly missteps in interpretation.
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