Entering the Stream to Enlightenment - Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka - Yuki Sirimane

Entering the Stream to Enlightenment - Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka - Yuki Sirimane

Does the attainment of a supramundane fruit necessarily involve a specific experience?

Entering the Stream to Enlightenment - Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka - Yuki Sirimane

Yuki Sirimane [+-]
Yuki Sirimane is an Attorney-at-Law. She holds a Doctorate in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate Institute of Pāli and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

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in Chapter 3 we study in depth whether attainment of a phala really does involve a specific experience. This issue is vital to this study and the following chapters are based on this foundation. It concludes that attaining a phala entails a specific, striking experience with a peak-point which I refer to as a “fetterbreaking-experience,” and the intensity of the experience may vary from person to person. The fetter-breaking-experience has been articulated in the secondary sources quoted herein and in this field research as a “strange experience,” “a fine point,” “a tapering off,” “cessation,” “emptiness,” “a breaking of a boundary,” “a going beyond,” “an oceanic experience” etc. Hence for the purposes of this study, attainment of a phala has been defined as a specific, striking experience of a person treading or making an effort to tread the Noble Eightfold Path, resulting in the understanding or knowledge which leads to breaking of the corresponding fetters [saṃyojanas].

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Sirimane, Yukie . Does the attainment of a supramundane fruit necessarily involve a specific experience?. Entering the Stream to Enlightenment - Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 53-64 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781781792049. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24148. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24148. Jun 2016

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