Entering the Stream to Enlightenment: Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka

Entering the Stream to Enlightenment: Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka by Yuki Sirimane 1781792046 9781781792049
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This book is a study on the nature and effects of the Theravda Buddhist religious experiences of the four supramundane fruits of the Noble Eightfold Path - the experience of the fruit which is stream-entry, once returning, non-returning and Arahanthship - with special focus on the experience of stream-entry.

It represents the first time within Theravda Buddhist studies that a serious textual study has been combined with a substantial field research. Despite disciplinary rules which virtually prohibit a monk with higher ordination from discussing their personal religious experiences, this book presents seven comprehensive anonymous interviews conducted mainly with forest monks on their meditative experiences.

The study presents a definition for the supramundane fruit of the path and an alternate framework to discuss and evaluate Theravda Buddhist religious experiences. It then uses this framework to address some longstanding debates around the Theravda path and its fruits thus bringing experience back to the centre stage of these debates.

Author: Yuki Sirimane

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

Publication Date: 2016-04-01


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