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************Seven Types of Buddhists
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SD/JTN]
Here is a summary of the key ideas in the Udakupama Sutta on the seven kinds of individuals.
Udakupama Sutta (AN 7.15) emphasizes the utmost importance of five kinds of wholesome (kusala dhammas) that are necessary for successful self-awakening (beginning at Stream-entry) -- not "falling away" in the Dhamma again. Falling away in the Dhamma is comparable to sinking down into a deep water. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
There are seven cases of individual as described in AN 7.15:
1. He/she sinks down and stays sunk: this individual is endowed with unwholesome qualities.
2. He/she come up to the surface only once, then sinks down again! The five dhammas: conviction, conscience, concern, persistence, discernment simply wane away.
3. An individual, on coming to the surface, stays there. The five qualities do not wane, but develop and remain.
4. "And how does an individual, on coming to the surface, open his eyes & look around? There is the case where an individual comes to the surface, seeing: 'Conviction in skillful qualities is good, conscience is good, concern is good, persistence is good, discernment with regard to skillful qualities is good.' With the total ending of [the first] three fetters, he becomes a stream-winner, steadfast, never again destined for states of woe, headed for self-awakening."
5. An individual, on coming to the surface, heads across the water: he/she becomes a once-returner, who — on returning only one more time to this world — will make an ending to stress.
6. An individual, on coming to the surface, gains a foothold: he/she becomes non-returner with the total ending of the five lower fetters.
7. An individual, on coming to the surface, cross over, reach the far shore, stand on high ground: he/she becomes an arahant.
1. Siila in the sense of 'restraint and non-transgression' keeps the mind with kusala dhammas such as hiri-ottappa (moral shame and moral dread:— the "guardians of the world"), indriya-samvara (sense-door restraint), sati (mindfulness) and nekkhamma (freedom from sensual lust). Without unbroken siila one will sink back again into the sea of unwholesome behaviors.
2. 'Sappurisa' in general means a good, worthy person of merit and good character. But, in MN 110 'sappurisa dhammaa' denotes Saddha(conviction), Hiri(conscience), Ottappa(concern), Bahussuta(very learned), Viriya(energy, persistence), Sati(mindfulness), and Pa~n~naa(wisdom, discernment). These seven dhammas are the learner qualities.
The seven sappurisa dhammas are well developed by a Sekha (trainer, learner) as explained in Sekha-patipada Sutta. Interestingly, just five of the seven sapurissa-dhammas are requisites for Stream-entry, i.e., Saddha, Viriya, Hiri, Ottappa, and Pa~n~naa.
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