from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Buddhism One who has attained enlightenment.
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- n. one who has attained enlightenment; a Buddhist saint
- n. one of the stages of the ascetic's spiritual evolution, when all passions (anger, ego, deception, greed, attachment, hatred and ignorance) are destroyed; arhanta
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a Buddhist who has attained nirvana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The highest rank of Buddhist saintship; specifically, one of the original five hundred disciples of Gautama Buddha. Also Arahat, Rahat, and Arhan, Rahan.
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- n. a Buddhist who has attained nirvana
The Tibetans translate the Sanskrit term arhat, a liberated being, as foe-destroyer, someone who has destroyed the inner foes.
There are three purified states (byang-chub, Skt. bodhi) – those of a shravaka arhat, a pratyekabuddha arhat, and a bodhisattva arhat or Buddha.
The purified states are those of an arhat (liberated being) – either a shravaka arhat or pratyekabuddha arhat – or that of an enlightened being (bodhisattva arhat, Buddha).
Progressing through the five pathway minds as Hinayana practitioners, we become either a resultant abider shravaka arhat or a resultant abider pratyekabuddha arhat, rid of the emotional obscurations.
There are three purified states (byang-chub, Skt. bodhi) – that of a shravaka arhat, a pratyekabuddha arhat, and a bodhisattva arhat or Buddha.
This mid-14th century wood sculpture depicts an "arhat," a spiritual practitioner who has attained a high degree of enlightenment.
This state is also called arhatship, the condition of an arhat, meaning originally a worthy or venerable man, and the person enjoying it is alive.
That entire range of attainments, from that of an arya, through that of an arhat, to that of a Buddha, constitutes the Dharma refuge.
Thinking of the importance of this precious working basis that we have, we can achieve with it all the purified states of bodhi: namely the purified states of an arhat or liberated being of either the shravaka or pratyekabuddha class, or the purified state of a Buddha.
During the temporal interval shared in common, on our mental continuum, by both the “present-happening of karmic tendencies on our mental continuum that have the ability to give rise to our further samsaric rebirths” and the “not-yet-happening of further samsaric rebirths,” the “never-happened of our further samsaric rebirths, once we have become an arhat” is an invalid phenomenon on our mental continuum and cannot be validly cognized.