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There are these 9 Superior and Noble Persons!

The perfectly self-awakened Buddha... (SammaSamBuddho)
The solitary self-awakened Buddha... (Paccekasambuddho)
The one released both ways... (Ubhatobhāgavimutto)
The one released by understanding... (Paññavimutto)
The body-witness of direct experience... (Kāyasakkhī)
The view-winner of true comprehension... (Ditthipattto)
The one released by faith... (Saddhāvimutto)
The one guided by Dhamma... (Dhammānusārī)
The one guided by faith... (Saddhānusārī)



1: What sort of person is an perfectly self-awakened Buddha?
Here a certain person who, in regard to teachings that he has not heard of before,
himself comes to completely understand the 4 noble truths and he also attains the
omniscience connected therewith as well as complete mastery over all the fruitions!
This sort of person is said to be a perfectly self-awakened Buddha...

2: What sort of person is a solitary self-awakened Buddha?
Here a certain person who, in regard to teachings that he has not heard of before,
himself comes to completely understand the 4 noble truths, but attains neither the
omniscience, nor the mastery over the fruitions thereof... This sort of person is said
to be a solitary self-awakened Buddha...

3: What sort of person is released in both ways?
Here a certain person himself experiences directly with and through his body all the
eight stages of liberation, and furthermore by comprehending them by understanding,
his mental fermentations are completely eliminated. This sort of person is said to be
one released in both ways...

4: What sort of person is released by understanding?
Here a certain person without experiencing the eight stages of liberation, but having
perceived them through understanding, his fermentations are completely eliminated.
Such one is one released by understanding...

5: What sort of person is a body-witness of direct experience?
Here a person experiences the eight stages of liberation, and yet having perceived
them also through understanding, only some of his mental fermentations are eliminated.
This sort of person is said to be a body-witness of direct experience...

6: What sort of person is one, who has won view?
Here a certain person truly understands, that this is suffering, that such is the
cause of suffering, that such is the ceasing of suffering, and that such is the Way
leading to the ceasing of suffering. The Dhamma of the Thus-come-thus-gone One,
are comprehended by him and also practiced! Yet having comprehended them, only some
of his mental fermentations are completely and irreversibly eliminated.
Such person is a Noble view-winner of straight comprehension...

7: What sort of person is release
d by Faith?
Here a certain person truly understands that this is suffering, that such is the
cause of suffering, that such is the ceasing of suffering, and that such is the Way
leading to the ceasing of suffering. The Dhamma of the Thus-come-thus-gone One,
are comprehended by him and also practiced! Yet having comprehended them, only
some of his mental fermentations are completely eliminated, though not in the same
way, nor to exactly the same degree as the view-winner.
This sort of person is said to be one released by faith.

8: What sort of person is one guided by Dhamma?
The ability of understanding of a person, who is about to realize the fruition
stage of a stream-attainer develops quite much, when he cultivates the noble way,
which brings with it understanding, and is initiated by understanding...
This sort of person is said to be one guided by Dhamma. Such a person striving
after the fruition stage of stream-attaining is one guided by Dhamma, while
the same person established in the fruition is one who has won view.

9: What sort of person is one guided by Faith?
The ability of Faith of one about to realize the fruition stage of stream-attaining
develops to a large extent. He cultivates the noble way, which brings with it faith
and is initiated by faith. This sort of person is said to be one guided by faith.
Such a person striving after the fruit of stream-attaining is one guided by faith,
while the same person established in the fruition is released by faith.

Source:
The 4th Abhi-Dhamm
a Book: The Personality Concept: Puggala-Paññatti.
http://store.pariyatti.org/Designation-of-Human-Types_p_1958.html

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdfs/puggalapannatti.pdf



More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Four_Personalities.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Ideal_Person.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Persons_similar_to_Trees.htm

For Details on the 3 and 4 Mental Fermentations (āsava)  please see:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Naturally_Radiant.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/aasava.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Proximate_Cause.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cause_of_Ignorance.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Three_Fermentations.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Freed_from_Fermentation.htm

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