(Skt., noble path; Pāli, ariya-magga).
Particularly in early Buddhism.the fourfold supermundane (lokottara) level of training leading to nirvāṇa. Each path has its own fruit (phala), namely the four attainments of the stream-winner (śrotāpanna), the once-returner (sakṛdāgāmin), the non-returner (anāgāmin), and the Arhat. Those who have not attained any of these paths are known as ‘ordinary folk’ (pṛthagjana). In Mahāyāna Buddhism, a scheme of five paths is more common. See mārga.