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Mahādeva


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A monk who put forward five theses which were debated at the conjectured Third Council (see Council of Pāṭaliputra I). The five points as formulated by later commentators were as follows: (1) Arhats can still be led astray by others; (2) Arhats are still subject to ignorance—not ‘defiled ignorance’ (avidyā) but of the lesser kind known as ‘undefiled ignorance’ (akliṣṭa ajñāna); (3) Arhats are still subject to doubt (kāṇkṣā) and (4) can be instructed and informed by others; (5) entry into the Noble Path (ārya-mārga) by an Arhat can be accompanied by a vocal utterance (vacībheda), an artifice meant to generate the appearance of the Path.

(1) Arhats can still be led astray by others; (2) Arhats are still subject to ignorance—not ‘defiled ignorance’ (avidyā) but of the lesser kind known as ‘undefiled ignorance’ (akliṣṭa ajñāna); (3) Arhats are still subject to doubt (kāṇkṣā) and (4) can be instructed and informed by others; (5) entry into the Noble Path (ārya-mārga) by an Arhat can be accompanied by a vocal utterance (vacībheda), an artifice meant to generate the appearance of the Path.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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