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On Samasīsin in Pāli Buddhist Literature: Suicide and the Arhatship

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  • パーリ仏教文献におけるSamasīsinについて―自殺と阿羅漢果―
  • パーリ仏教文献におけるSamasisinについて : 自殺と阿羅漢果
  • パーリ ブッキョウ ブンケン ニ オケル Samasisin ニ ツイテ : ジサツ ト アラカンカ

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<p>The aim of this paper is to introduce the meaning of the word Samasīsin, and to clarify its usage in Pāli Buddhist literature. According to the Pali English Dictionary, this word Samasīsin is simply endowed with the meaning “one who simultaneously attains an end of craving and of life.” This paper shows how this word is explained in Abhidharma materials and Pali Buddhist Commentaries.</p><p>The significance of this word is found in the consideration of the suicide problem in Buddhism. It is worth discussing as a theme because the usage of the word Samasīsin gives a logical explanation to the obtainment of arhatship by monks who committed suicide.</p>


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