Wednesday, September 12, 2007

dgra bcom pa - Arhat

There's a special term for those who have reached personal liberation Nirvana, dgra bcom pa, Arhat in Sanskrit.

bcom pa is to conquer. dgra is enemy. So the literal translation is foe destroyer.

This is a really profound title. What is destroyed are not external enemies, those are not a problem. The hard work is to get rid of mental afflictions, so those who have done this have conquered the enemy, or the mental afflictions that are present in ordinary sentient beings.

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