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January 19, 2012


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"But what's to stop a puthujjana becoming a aryasravaka?"

Two things.

Insufficient merit and insufficient spiritual virtue.

When it comes to insufficient merit, it means the probability of a puthujana coming in contact with the dharma in form of right litterature, or a skillful guiding dharma teacher, is very low to insignificant. The probability on the other hand that the puthujana is born in wrong "family" (too rich or too poor), wrong enviroment like a country filled with conflicts, or too many other disturbing conditions prohibiting proper practise, is high.

When it comes to spiritual virtue, it means that IF this by some strange reason really would happen, the probability of the "student" to possess essential virtues like skillfullness in right concentration, easiness to enter at least 1st jhana and of course enter the higher stages by this virtue, possess ironclad faith in the buddhadharma (as expounded by the Buddha and NOT the myriad E-sangha gurus today). Other virtues should be a natural joy when reading the sutras, the spiritual maps that offers direction through the treachourous waters of the unawakened mind and finally; the singular ability to produce and use the light of bodhi once first enlightenment has taken place for final liberation from all samsaric bonds. The last is only possible by a bodhi-sattva (spiritual-being). That means the awakened spiritual being within the Mind of the student and not somewhere in his carnal body or brain.

These are the minimum requirements for a student of the way, aspiring to become a "aryasravaka".

Good luck. If you are serious you truly gonna need it.

But what's to stop a puthujjana becoming a aryasravaka?

Wai, you are a bleeding moron.

You're full of shit... But you probably already knew that deep down anyway.

What is taught today is the "heretical Zen of silent illumination", as Dahui (and others) rightly called it.

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