THE PAIN OF AN ARAHANT: WHY ARAHANTS EXPERIENCE PHYSICAL SUFFERING

PHRA SETH ABHIJATO

Abstract


This paper addresses the particulars of an arahant's existence in that they do not suffer mentally, but do experience physical pain. Possible problems are presented in simply explaining the physical suffering of an arahant as the natural functions of the body. An alternative solution to approaching this issue is offered by suggesting clarification into why it is that arahants feel physical pain when they have overcome all mental suffering. One possible solution this paper presents is that the arahants physical pain is not simply a product of the natural functions of the body, rather it is a result of past kamma experienced as vipāka.


Keywords


Arahant; physical; pain; vipāka; results of kamma

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