The Four Stages of Enlightenment

The four stages of enlightenment in Buddhism are the four degrees of approach to full enlightenment as an Arahant which a person can attain in this life. The four stages are Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anagami and Arahant. This is an introduction to that concept.

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  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Read on Buddhist eschatology: Gautama Buddha predicted that his teachings of Dharma would be forgotten after 5,000 years. In the past, people lived for an immensely long time, 80,000 years endowed with great beauty, wealth, pleasure, strength. Over time, humans began behaving in various unskillful ways, causing the life span to shorten, where it now stands at 100. Human life will continue to shorten-where the normal life span is 10, with people reaching sexual maturity at 5.

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    To the haters, those myths were created by ignorant people like you and me. The difference is, haters like you try to slander Buddha and followers like me try to use myths and legends to raise Buddha’s status. But Buddha did not care for them. Buddha did not even say “Worship me”. He only wanted the people to practice meditation (mindfulness) and attain enlightenment. Buddha said if we find our own salvation and attain the path to enlightenment, we can even abandon his scriptures and books.

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Well, there are stages of Bodhisattva progress which are equivalent to the four stages. You can find it in the Dasa Bhumi Sutra.

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Not in a rain of golden coins
    Is satisfaction to be found.
    “Of little joy” but painful are sensual pleasures;
    Thus the wise man clearly comprehends.
    Even in the heavenly pleasures
    He finds no satisfaction.
    In the destruction of all desires,
    The Fully Awakened One”s disciple delights.

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Even Sotāpanna is greater than Bodhisatta, that save your times to not compare Bodhisatta with Arahanta, Bodhisatta is meanless if you compare with Arahanta, but Bodhisatta is the way to became Buddha.

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    That red on black, around the end. Hard to read.

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Have you heard of Truth Contest?

    Google it.

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Bodhisattva is used commonly in the earliest known Buddhist texts in the Pāḷi Canon to refer to someone who is going to attain the state of a Buddha in the future. For example, before becoming the Buddha, Gotama was often referred to in these texts as the Bodhisatta/Bodhisattva.

    In Mahāyāna Buddhism, the term becomes used very often because the goal shifted from attaining the state of an arhat to the state of a Buddha – therefore, more people would be referred to Bodhisattvas.

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Very true indeed, not everybody understands Buddhism. Arhat & bodhisattva are same or, boddhisattva is higher than Arhat these are the most common misconception in the west. I am not sure if the word bodhisattva was coined before the Mahayana Buddhism started. could you share your wisdom/thoughts here.

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Too bad you CAN’T actually read the words. So much for enlightment.

  11. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    The enlightened being you seek is yourself.

  12. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s truth for animal not for developed human

  13. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Buddhism is only for the wise ; not for the fools who can’t understand the fleeting nature of the universe. Even the wisest of wise won’t comprehend Buddhist teaching as long as they have all forms of desires, hatred and disillusion. (loba , dosa, moha) – An arahant to be a bodhisatta again ? That’s a laugh – No, that is NOT Buddhism !!

  14. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    should not step 3 be “digest it” ?

  15. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Please keep the Text font more Bold and Slow…..Thanks

  16. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I cant read the letters!

  17. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Buddhist clergy made Gautama to become a god. Do people know? In very early Buddhist text was wrote: Gautama was born from queen’s armpit. Gautama walked 7 steps after born with one hand point to sky and another point to ground.
    Ppl just know Buddhist makeup face. Ppl should research to see true Buddhist face: the original traditional Buddhism in Asia. That is deity and superstitious. Don’t be fool by Buddhist monk or fake sage. They pretend as wise teacher to use you. Buddhism is man made.

  18. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Gautama started practice Buddhism at age 29. Gautama got many benefit from Buddhist mind and body practice.
    Today, many Buddhist monk start practice Buddhism at early age as a boy. Please, show me many Gautama, today. Why not?
    Buddhism is good made up a gossip and rumor. Buddhist mind and body practice is worthless. Meditation seat lazily breath in and out. What is special?
    Please, show me one as Gautama today. Whose Buddhist win, conquer suffer?
    Please, Don’t be fool by Buddhist clergy.

  19. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    agre i´ve exper. nothing else but before i never read a book about or ever heard about it it was with sixteen i even didnot knew that this was kundalini shakti uprising,it turned my whole live u side down today 25 years later i´m still on my way back .but the whole yoga system cam otu of mewirhout any books or techer , when kundalini is uprising yoga comes into exist. from its own , you just follow.
    you can do yoga to let shakti uprise , or let shakti uprise and your gift is the yoga knowledge

  20. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    It does not require belief, feel better? 🙂

  21. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    The enlightened being you seek is yourself without the illusion of self, free of suffering, compassionate and carrying the realization of impermenance. A guru is only a bridge to the realization of your own buddhanature. nothing more 🙂 may this benefit you and all sentient beings.

  22. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Technically it is in the same tradition, except Theravada holds that since there was already one Buddha in the era there is no need to become a Bodhisattva to become another Buddha, but Mahayana holds that you should train for Buddhahood in this era so that you can become a Buddha in a future era.

    As for compassion, the Arhat does not abandon compassion, only suffering. The Arhat naturally acts on compassion more intuitively.

  23. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Some says that arhat is not last stage,there is a bodhisattva stage also which holds compassion and care for all sentient beings,but it’s little different tradition.
    Arhat is free from feelings,from passion and compassion (personally I’m not sure about be freed from compassion,is it good for entire life / sentient beings,because we are spiritual growing to care about them,to care about life,not for ourselves)

  24. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    your right foot its shaking.


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