84000 Glossary of Terms

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འཕགས་པ། | Glossary of Terms

  • འཕགས་པ།

  • འཕགས།
  • ’phags pa
  • ’phags
  • ārya
  • Term
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The Sanskrit ārya has the general meaning of a noble person, one of a higher class or caste. In Buddhist literature, depending on the context, it often means specifically one who has gained the realization of the path and is superior for that reason. In particular, it applies to stream enterers, once-returners, non-returners, and worthy ones (arhats) and is also used as an epithet of bodhisattvas. In the five-path system, it refers to someone who has achieved at least the path of seeing (darśanamārga).