Friday, February 13, 2009

The stream-winner...three fetters are abandoned in him

A Poppy blooming in my garden in the morning
after the three coverings are shed.*

For the stream-winner, the arising of the Dhamma eye — with its insight into the causal principles underlying the origination and cessation of stress — is what cuts through the first three fetters.**

"He attends appropriately, This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress... This is the way leading to the cessation of stress.*** As he attends appropriately in this way, three fetters are abandoned in him:

1. Self-identity view
2. Doubt
3. grasping at precepts (rituals) & practices

To read more click on the following link:
Stream Entry

*In the photograph (simile) above, the poppy blooming is compared to a "stream winner". The morning sun is the arising of the knowledge of The Four Noble Truths (The Right View). The shedding of the three coverings of the poppy bud is compared to the abandoning of the three fetters.

The five lower fetters:
1. Self-identity views
2. Doubt (uncertainty)
3. Grasping at precepts & practices
4. Sensual desire
5. Ill will.

The five higher fetters:
1. Passion for form
2. Passion for what is formless
3. Conceit
4. Restlessness
5. Ignorance

The four Noble Truths

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