neuter the state or condition of an Arahant, i.e. perfection in the Buddhist sense = Nibbāna (SN.iv.151) final & absolute emancipation Arahantship, the attainment of the last & highest stage of the Path (see magga & anāgāmin). This is not restricted by age or sex or calling. There is one instance in the Canon of a child having attained Arahantship at the age of 7. One or two others occur in the Comy Thag-a.64 (Selā) Pv-a.53 (Sankicca). Many women Arahants are mentioned by name in the oldest texts. About 400 men Arahants are known. Most of them were bhikkhus, but AN.iii.451 gives the names of more than a score lay Arahants (cp DN.ii.93 = SN.v.360, and the references in Dial. iii.5 n4). Arahattaṃ is defined at SN.iv.252 as rāga-kkhaya, dosa˚ moha˚. Descriptions of this state are to be found in the formulae expressing the feelings of an Arahant (see arahant ii.). Vin.ii.254; DN.iii.10, DN.iii.11, DN.iii.255; AN.iii.34, AN.iii.421 AN.iii.430; AN.v.209; Pp.73; Ne.15, Ne.82; DN-a.i.180, DN-a.i.188, DN-a.i.191; Dhp-a.ii.95; Dhp-a.iv.193; Pv-a.14
Phrases: arahattaṃ sacchikaroti to experience Arahantship Vin.ii.74; DN.i.229 arahattaṃ pāpuṇāti to attain or reach Arahantship (usually in aor. pāpuṇi) Ja.ii.229 Thag-a.64; Dhp-a.ii.49 (saha paṭisambhidāhi), Dhp-a.ii.93 (id.); Pv-a.53, Pv-a.54, Pv-a.61, Pv-a.233 & freq elsewhere; cp. arahattāya paṭipanna DN.iii.255; AN.i.120 AN.iv.292 sq., AN.iv.372 sq.

  • -gahaṇa attainment of Arahantship Dhp-a.i.8.
  • -patta (& patti); one who has attained Ar. SN.i.196; SN.v.273; AN.ii.157; AN.iii.376; AN.iv.235.
  • -phala the fruit of Ar. Vin.i.39 Vin.i.41, Vin.i.293; Vin.iii.93; DN.iii.227, DN.iii.277; SN.iii.168; SN.v.44; AN.i.23 AN.i.45; AN.iii.272; AN.iv.276; Dhs.1017; Vb.326.
  • -magga the Path of Ar. SN.i.78; AN.iii.391; DN-a.i.224.
  • -vimokkha the emancipation of Ar. Cnd.19.

abstr. formation fr. arahat˚, 2nd base of arahant in compn.: see arahant iv.2


in -ghaṭi see araghaṭṭa.