02 SEPTEMBER 2020 – THE PALI LEAGUE – “SOTAPANNA”

02 SEPTEMBER 2020 – THE PALI LEAGUE – “SOTAPANNA”

“sotapanna” – one who has entered the stream of path; stream-entererKey Verse: (Please read the full sutta)  

 “Monks, a noble disciple who has four things is a stream-enterer (sotapanna), not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening.

What four? It’s when a noble disciple has experiential confidence in the Buddha … the teaching … the Saṅgha … 

And they have the ethical conduct loved by the noble ones … leading to immersion. 

A noble disciple who has these four things is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening.”

 Suddhaka Sutta SN 55.46, Bhante Sujato

https://suttacentral.net/sn55.46/en/sujato

Key Pali Phrase With English: 

“Bhikkhus, a noble disciple who has four things is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening.

>>Catūhi, bhikkhave, dhammehi samannāgato ariyasāvako sotāpanno hoti avinipātadhammo niyato sambodhiparāyaṇo.

What four?Katamehi catūhi? It’s when a noble disciple has experiential confidence in the Buddha

>> Idha, bhikkhave, ariyasāvako buddhe aveccappasādena samannāgato hoti—itipi so bhagavā … pe … satthā devamanussānaṃ buddho bhagavāti.

the teaching>> Dhamme … pe …

the Saṅgha …>> Saṅghe … pe …

And they have the ethical conduct loved by the noble ones … leading to immersion (samadhi).

>> ariyakantehi sīlehi samannāgato hoti akhaṇḍehi … pe … samādhi saṃvattanikehi.

A noble disciple who has these four things is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening.

>>“Imehi kho, bhikkhave, catūhi dhammehi samannāgato ariyasāvako sotāpanno hoti avinipātadhammo niyato sambodhiparāyaṇo” ti.

https://suttacentral.net/sn55.46/pli/ms

Key Insight #1: “Perfect Faith of Sotapanna”

The Buddha teaches that Sotapanna or Stream Entry has these four qualities.

1 – Experiential confidence in the Buddha

2 – Experiential confidence in the Dhamma teachings of The Buddha

3 – Experiential confidence in the Saṅgha 

4 – Ethical conduct (sila) loved by the noble ones … leading to immersion.  >> “aveccappasādena” – trust founded in faith; perfect faith

Key Insight #2: “Anatta and Sotapanna”

The Buddha teaches that a sotāpanna (stream-entrant) is a person who has experienced the Dhamma and as a result has dropped the first three fetters (samyojana) that bind a being to rebirth.These first three fetters that are absent in the ‘Stream-Entry” level of enlightenment are:
1. Self-view (sakkāya-ditthi) – They have a clear understanding of “anatta” and clear knowledge about the false concepts of ‘I’, ‘me’, or ‘mine’. A sotāpanna doesn’t actually have a view about self (sakkāya-ditthi), as that doctrine is proclaimed to be a subtle form of clinging.2. Clinging to rites and rituals (sīlabbata-parāmāsa)3. Skeptical doubt (vicikitsa
“A sotāpanna will be safe from falling into the states of misery (they will not be born as an animal, ghost, or hell being). Their lust, hatred and delusion will not be strong enough to cause rebirth in the lower realms. A sotāpanna will have to be reborn at most only seven more times in the human or heavenly worlds before attaining nibbāna.
It is not necessary for a sotāpanna to be reborn seven more times before attaining nibbāna, as an ardent practitioner may progress to the higher stages in the same life in which he/she reaches the Sotāpanna level by making an aspiration and persistent effort to reach the final goal of nibbāna.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sot%C4%81panna

Published by Upāsaka

Trying not to waste this life by taking advantage of this precious opportunity of having met the Dhamma.

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