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(Skt,; Pāli, saddhā-anusārin). ‘One who follows in faith’. According to the early teachings, the Noble Path (ārya-mārga) may be entered and its fruit attained in a variety of ways. The śraddhā-anusārin is the first in a sevenfold list of noble persons (ārya-pudgala) who enter the Noble Path through a range of dispositions. The śraddhā-anusārin is distinguished by the fact that he attains the path through the basis of the faculty of faith (śraddhā), in contrast to the Dhammānusārī (Skt., Dharma-anusārin), who attains it through intellectual understanding of the Dharma. For the complete list of seven noble persons, see ārya-pudgala.

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