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From Sanskrit अर्हत् (árhat, “enlightened one, holy one”), originally "worthy of worship".
- IPA: /ˈɑːhæt/
arhat (plural arhats)
- (Buddhism) one who has attained enlightenment; a Buddhist saint
- 1954: Over and against the arhat, retreating from appearances into an entirely transcendental Nirvana, stands the Bodhisattva, for whom Suchness and the world of contingencies are one — Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (Chatto & Windus 1954, p. 32)
- (Jainism) one of the stages of the ascetic's spiritual evolution, when all passions (anger, ego, deception, greed, attachment, hatred and ignorance) are destroyed; arhanta
a Buddhist saint