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Monastic life is most supportive for those following the Buddha’s path…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Monastic life is most supportive for those following the Buddha's path to enlightenment, because it was designed by the Buddha himself for that specific purpose. But it is not absolutely necessary to leave the world to realise the higher fruits of Buddhist practice. The first of the four stages of enlightenment is called Stream Entry. It is accomplished when the true nature of one's body and mind is seen so clearly that there is a profound letting of all of the accumulated false ideas, beliefs, views and superstitions that we carry around with us, and which cause us suffering. Over the past 2,500 years many lay Buddhists, men and women, have realised Stream Entry.

 

There are two significant results of the realisation of Stream Entry. Firstly, it ends, once and for all, the possibility of rebirth in a lower realm. Secondly - and hence the stream metaphor - it will inevitably lead to the highest stage of enlightenment, arahantship, within seven lifetimes at most.

 

The Buddha once said that if we were to compare the suffering we have experienced in our past lives to all the earth in the world, the suffering remaining for the Stream Enterer would be no more than the dirt that might get lodged under a fingernail. Stream Entry is, in short, a truly inspiring and a realistic goal for all Buddhists to aim for.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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