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1. Title Title of document Conclusion - Entering the Stream to Enlightenment
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Yukie Sirimane;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Buddhism; Anthropology; Psychology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Theravada Buddhism; religious experience; Dhamma; Buddhist practice; enlightenment
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhism
6. Description Abstract In Chapter 8, this study concludes that the Buddhist religious experience is

unique and it is impossible to draw adequate conclusions about it based on a

mere textual study alone. Many debates, controversies and confusions are dueto overlooking the experiential aspects and teachers and preachers introducing

new elements, terminology and analyses to Dhamma over and above what the

Buddha declared, at times even against the advice of the Buddha. Even amongst

the successful practitioners there are varied views depending on the route each

one followed personally up to their goal and they take it that that alone is the

Path and all others are not-the-Path. However, despite these debates amongst

successful practitioners, a common ground can be established with regard to the

fundamentals of their transforming experience on the Path. These fundamentals

also correspond to what has been laid down in the texts. Further, many current

trends of thought relating to supramundane fruits and noble persons and even

public claims made by certain individuals with regard to the Path and attainment

of its fruits, can at least be evaluated technically against the texts. In fact there is

ample room to do so without having to accept them blindly or reject them outright,

or even getting confused about contradictory views and opinions expressed

by equally knowledgeable and known authorities.

It also concludes that, despite rampant distortions, myths and wrong views

professed publicly, the true Dhamma is not limited to the texts. It is still very

much alive, taught generously and is practised diligently, though discretely or

even silently.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
8. Contributor Sponsor(s)
9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Jun-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
11. Type Type
12. Format File format PDF
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24153
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Entering the Stream to Enlightenment
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Sri Lanka,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd