'body-witness', is one of the 7 noble disciples (s.
He is one who "in his own person (lit. body) has attained the 8 deliverances
(vimokkha), and after wisely
understanding the phenomena, the fermentations have partly come to extinction" (Pug.
In A. IX, 44 it is said: "A monk, o brother, attains the 1st absorption (jhāna),
and as far as this domain reaches,- so far he has realized it in his own person.
Thus the Blessed One calls such a person a body-witness in certain respects.
(The same is then repeated with regard to the 7 higher absorptions).
Further again, o brother, the monk attains the extinction of perception and
feeling (s. nirodha-samāpatti),
and after wisely understanding the phenomena, all the fermentations come to
extinction. Thus, o brother, the Blessed One calls such a person a body-witness
in all respects."