|Golden Buddha with golden arhat disciples (Thai-on/flickr.com)|
Who are the ariya puggala, the "noble persons"?
(A) The eight noble persons are those who have realized one of the eight stages of enlightenment.
There are four supermundane "paths" (magga) preceded by four supermundane "fruitions" (phala) of these paths.
There are, therefore, four pairs:
|Tibetan Kwan Yin (shakyahandicraft)|
- non-returner, and the
- arhat or fully-enlightened person.
|Are arhats "fully" enlightened?|
|Teacher of devas and humans (_cFu/flickr)|
|Turning the True Wheel of the Dharma (kadampa.org)|
|Illuminating the world (DHK)|
|The Buddha (uuspiritinnature)|