Beauty of the Dhamma

I refer to Dr. Upul Wijeywardena's letter on enlightened individuals in Buddhism. With the very first stage of enlightenment (Sotapanna) the sense of 'Self' vanishes and with it the desire for 'self-aggrandizement' vanishes too! The sure and simple test of anyone's claim to enlightenment is thus to determine if there is any of this self-aggrandizement in their sayings, writings or actions and if so then they are definitely NOT enlightened! It's as simple as that. The enlightened person (Sotapanna, and onwards) leads a simple life. That is the beauty of the Dhamma!!


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