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(Skt., ordinary person; Pāli, puthujjana).

The man in the street; a ‘worldling’ or ordinary person, who may be a believer or non-believer. Defined doctrinally as one with worldly aspirations still bound by the ten fetters (saṃyojana), in contrast to the Noble Persons (ārya-pudgala) who have attained one of the supermundane paths. In terms of the scheme of the five paths to Buddhahood (pañca-mārga), a pṛthagjana is one who has not attained the third of the five paths, the ‘path of seeing’ (darśana-mārga).

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