This book is a study on the nature and effects of the Theravada Buddhist religious experiences of the four supramundane fruits of the Noble Eightfold Path - the experience of the fruit which is stream-entry, once returning, non-returning and Arahanthship - with special focus on the experience of stream-entry.It represents the first time within Theravada Buddhist studies that a serious textual study has been combined with a substantial field research. Despite disciplinary rules which virtually prohibit a monk with higher ordination from discussing their personal religious experiences, this book presents seven comprehensive anonymous interviews conducted mainly with forest monks on their meditative experiences.The study presents a definition for the 'supramundane fruit' of the path and an alternate framework to discuss and evaluate Theravada Buddhist religious experiences. It then uses this framework to address some longstanding debates around the Theravada path and its fruits thus bringing experience back to the centre stage of these debates.
Yuki Sirimane is an Attorney-at-Law. She holds a Doctorate in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Foreword by Professor Asanga Tilakaratne, University of ColomboForeword by Professor Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland 1. Introduction 2. Noble Persons and how to Recognize One 3. Does the Attainment of a Supramundane Fruit Necessarily Involve a Specific Experience?4. 'Path, Fetter-Breaking-Experience and Effect' 5. Noble Persons and the Nature of their Fetter-Breaking-Experience6. The Stream-Enterer 7. An Interview with a 'Possible Arahant' 8. Conclusion Appendix I - The Questionnaire Used for the Fieldwork and its RationalAppendix II - Interview Synopses and AnalysisAppendix III - Interview No.1 (A Sample Interview)